Defining the Crime of Excessive Self-Defense: Voluntary Manslaughter in Illinois
Pirko, John A.
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The Illinois Criminal Code of 1961 added the concept of "excessive self defense" to the traditional "provoked, irresistible passion" concept considered in the offense of voluntary manslaughter. This comment briefly examines the traditional formulation, then explores why the second formulation was added, and how the courts have interpreted this new offense.