Proposed bill challenges felony murder rule

Published June 27, 2018

An article The New York Times about a California challenge to the U.S. legal doctrine known as the felony murder rule, which holds that anyone involved in certain kinds of serious felonies that result in death is as liable as the actual killer, interviews Guyora Binder, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Law, who said the proposed legislation would not undo felony murder entirely, but it would carve out the group of people who had very little involvement in the underlying crime and no intent to kill anyone. “This proposed bill is a very clever reform because it addresses the least popular and the least defensible aspects of the rule,” he said.

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