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5 ABUSED FEMALE CONVICTS GET SENTENCES REVIEWED

Five women convicted of homicides will get their sentences reduced or reviewed because an inquiry determined they were defending themselves against abusive partners.

The announcement Friday by Canada's top judicial officials culminated a two-year review of 98 cases involving women who said they killed in self-defense. All the killings occurred before a 1990 Supreme Court ruling recognizing battered women's syndrome as a legal defense.

Justice Minister Anne McLellan and Solicitor General Andy Scott said two women will have their sentences reduced, two will receive conditional pardons, and one will be entitled to a new trial.

The officials did not identify the women or give details about their cases. According to documents released earlier, at least three of the cases involved women who, according to the inquiry, should have been convicted of manslaughter rather than second-degree murder because they were provoked.

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