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The 1987 case of Angelique Lavallee provides a roadmap for the “battered woman defence.” Canada’s first female Supreme Court justice, Bertha Wilson, attempts to expose systemic sexism in the justice system. Helen is charged with first-degree murder, and has to decide whether to accept a plea deal or go to trial.

Elizabeth Sheehy’s book is Defending Battered Women on Trial: Lessons from the Transcripts.

Theme song, “The Fighter,” by Jenn Grant.

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