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23rd Feb, 2021 07:22:48 AM

Definitely applies to the given example- Bob's argument bears a little more weight if he's not the one who killed them on land, either (ie, he's just the guy that got rid of the bodies), but either way he's pointing to the fact that he didn't do something worse as a reason he should be rewarded with reduced punishment.

Might be worth mentioning the legal concept of mitigating circumstances in the description, as it's a case where prizes for basic decency are often requested and sometimes given. Say, Charlie has a heart attack when Dave tries to rob his store, but Dave requests leniency for the fact that he called an ambulance and gave Charlie CPR until they arrived (and then Dave ran away with the cash).

Edited by Scorpion451
23rd Feb, 2021 07:28:04 AM

Yep, that one counts. Tropes are flexible.

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