When we began, we summarized a case that was tried in a traditional fashion, relying on Battered Woman Syndrome to understand the battering relationship, and in a jurisdiction that has a traditional understanding of self-defense. We now take the opportunity to revisit this case, focusing on presentation of the facts developed at trial, as those facts would be argued using the theory of battering introduced in this book. As noted in Chapter 1, the information we rely upon for this chapter is taken from the trial transcript, pretrial motions, sentencing hearing, pretrial depositions, police reports, the presentence investigation, and the Illinois Court of Appeals opinion. We also critically examine the law under which this case was tried, and discuss how an expanded understanding of self-defense may have influenced the outcome of the decision.
The facts do not change. The facts are those that were developed at trial and set out in some detail earlier.
If defense counsel is going to rely on the theory presented here to help the jury understand the battering relationship, how it is influenced by the socialization of the parties, and how it escalates to the point of threatening