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Case Name: Beverly IBN-TAMAS v. US

Date, Location, Cite: 1979 DC
407 Atl Rpt 2d 626
US Circuit Court of Appeals for DC

Defendant. married to husband who beat her often, had history of violence to women. Wife was pregnant when husband beat her. She shot him, was charged with Murder 2. She argued self-defense. A witness said husband begged her not to shoot. A PhD testified on "battered woman syndrome, " but judge refused to let testimony be herd saying victim was not on trial. Appeals reversed, said "expert can testify, EVEN TO ultimate question, where subject matter is beyond the understanding of the average layman."