- CR07-503. Duress (06/18/03)
The instruction on duress, CR07-503, attempts to provide a simple explanation of some complicated issues. Readers should be aware that duress does not function as a complete defense to all crimes. When the crime in question is an intentional killing, duress may serve to mitigate the crime to manslaughter. See 2 LaFave & Scott, Substantive Criminal Law, § 7.11(c) (“Imperfect” Defense of Coercion or Necessity).