April 14, 2020 Best of ABA Sections

Giving Abused Spouses Their Inheritance Rights Back

Michelle E. Loakes

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Kelli was only 19 when she decided that her husband had hit her for long enough. One day, Kelli bought a gun and determined that her best means of escaping her abusive marriage was to kill her abusive husband. Kelli was convicted of manslaughter. The jury determined that she was culpable despite the abusive circumstances; she served a 15-year sentence in prison.

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