Canada's Top Court Will Decide Whether Battered Spouses Can Hire Hit Men To Off Their Partners

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Canada’s top court has already ruled that victims of domestic violence can claim self-defence if they kill their partners – but what if a hit man does it?The Supreme Court of Canada will take up that thorny issue Thursday, weighing in on case against a teacher who hired an undercover cop to kill her abusive husband, CBC News reported.

Nicole Doucet was acquitted of murder after a court found that hiring the hit man to kill her husband was the only way she could escape her 15-year-long abusive marriage.

A Canadian appeals court upheld the ruling and called her marriage a “reign of terror,” CBC News reported. But prosecutors said her claim of self-defence was incorrectly applied in the case.

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