built-in defense

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Stray Lamb

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Hi! What does " built-in defense" mean in this sentence:

“The fact that these three female defendants obeyed Charles Manson and did whatever he told them to do does not immunize them from a conviction of first degree murder. It offers no insulation, no protection whatsoever. If it did, then hired killers or trigger men for the Mafia would have a built-in defense for murder. All they would have to say is: ‘Well, I did what my boss told me to do.’”

Source: "Helter Skelter", by Vincent Bugliosi.
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