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Innovative defenses (the invention of which is sometimes called creative lawyering) are relatively new and untried defenses for having committed a criminal act. Being innovative, there is little or no precedent bearing upon them. Such defenses include:
- the abuse defense
- premenstrual stress syndrome
- a biological defense (a claim that some biological factor present in the defendant provides a defense against the accused crimes) such as the "Twinkie Defense")
- "Black rage"
- urban survival syndrome.
Parodies of innovative defenses are sometimes seen in entertainment, for example the Chewbacca Defense.
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