Every office has one. You know the type. They arrive bright and perky in the morning, always immaculately turned out, greeting you with a cheery hello. During the course of the working day, they engage you in good-natured banter, tell jokes, and cast witty asides, while walking around the office smiling, and generally emanating positivity. As they speak on the phone, they enquire after the welfare of peoples children, and their gleeful laughter echoes around the office.
My question is this. Would a jury take all these facts into consideration, as mitigating factors, even provocation, when considering a guilty verdict in a murder trial? If, purely hypothetically, someone were to bludgeon them to death with the fuser unit out of a photocopier?