He was convicted, but with extenuating circumstances, and condemned to hard labour in Siberia for fifteen years.
It is manifest that, pricked by remorse—for my client is religious, in his way, and has a conscience, as I shall prove later—and desiring to extenuate his sin as far as possible, he has tried six times at least to substitute lay nourishment for clerical.
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He knows there are, well, extenuating circumstances.
Kass Morgan -- The 100
There were extenuating circumstances in their case—they were married, they had a child.