The law charges no man with default where the act is compulsory and not voluntary, and where there is not a consent and election; therefore, if either there be an impossibility for a man to do otherwise, or so great a perturbation of the judgment and reason, as in presumption of law man’s nature cannot overcome, such necessity carrieth a privilege in itself.

Lord Bacon
Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St. Alban,
22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626
Law Tracts, Reg. 5, Necessitas inducit privilegium quoad jura privata.