Every year, approximately 100 men in the UK kill their current or ex-partners. Sometimes, the guy more or less gets away with it under a section of law that allows the man to claim "provocation," a term which encompasses adultery and nagging. As of next week, not only will provocation due to adultery or nagging be an illegitimate defense for a man accused of murdering a woman with who he'd had a romantic relationship, women who kill their abusers will be allowed to claim diminished capacity even if the crime does not occur in the heat of the moment. What year is it again? 2008? Just checking. [Telegraph]

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If someone started demanding I cook dinner, and then came after me with the intent to kill, my capacities would dimish in direct proportion to the size of the lump my trusty bat left on that demanding fucker's head.