Felony murder expert available to discuss possible charges in U.S. Capitol riot

Release Date: January 15, 2021

Guyora Binder head shot.

Guyora Binder

BUFFALO, N.Y. — University at Buffalo legal scholar Guyora Binder is available to discuss possible felony murder charges against the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol resulting in the deaths of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick and four other people.

Binder’s 2012 book, “Felony Murder,” explores the controversial legal doctrine, which is perhaps the most serious charge prosecutors are considering in the wake of the deadly riot.

Binder can discuss the origin of the law, how it has been used in previous cases, the criticism it faces in the legal community and how it may relate to the violence that occurred in Jan. 6.

A UB School of Law faculty member since 1982, Binder is a SUNY Distinguished Professor of Law. In addition to felony murder, he has written about legal theory, criminal law, constitutional history and international law.

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