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Encyclopedia > Defense (legal)

In most litigation under the common law adversarial system the defendant, perhaps with the assistance of counsel, may allege or present defenses (or defences) in order to avoid liability, civil or criminal.

Criminal law defenses

In criminal law these defenses can be grouped into 4 categories:

With the exception of alibis; these defenses do not argue that the defendant didn't commit a criminal act (which broke the law); but rather, that the defendant should not be held criminally liable for said act.

Civil law defenses

In civil law affirmative defenses are presented to limit or avoid liability, they are numerous and include:

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Chewbacca Defense - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (831 words)
The Chewbacca Defense is a satirical term for any legal strategy that seeks to overwhelm its audience with nonsensical arguments and thus confuse them into failing to take account of the opposing arguments and, ultimately, to reject them.
The term Chewbacca Defense was first used in the South Park episode "Chef Aid," which premiered on October 7, 1998 as the fourteenth episode of the second season.
Cochran's use of this defense is so successful that the jury finds Chef guilty of "harassing a major record label" and sets his punishment as either a two million dollar fine to be paid within twenty-four hours or, failing that, four years in prison.
United States Department of Defense - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (910 words)
The United States Department of Defense, abbreviated as DoD or DOD and sometimes called the Defense Department is a civilian Cabinet organization of the United States government.
The Department of Defense is based in The Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia outside Washington, DC, across the Potomac River.
The command structure of the Department of Defense is defined by the Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986.
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