felony murder rule


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felony murder rule

A legal doctrine in some (English) common law jurisdictions that broadens the legal ramifications of murder to include:
(1) when an offender kills accidentally or without specific intent to kill in the course of an applicable felony, manslaughter is escalated to murder; and
(2) it makes any participant in the felony criminally liable for any deaths that occur during or in furtherance of that felony.
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These decisions restrict capital punishment of accomplices in fatal felonies to those whose mental states would suffice for murder liability without the felony murder rule.
Oklahoma has had several cases that stemmed from a child abuse murder statute that functions similarly to a felony murder rule.
13) As a result, the felony murder rule had to be limited in some manner.
28) Compare David Crump, Reconsidering the Felony Murder Rule in Light of Modern Criticisms: Doesn 't the Conclusion Depend Upon the Particular Rule at Issue?
Part C introduces the core doctrine surrounding the felony murder rule in California.
226) The jury convicted Mann of first-degree murder under the felony murder rule and found three aggravating circumstances: (1) the murder was committed during the commission of a robbery, (2) the murder was committed for pecuniary gain, and (3) the murder was especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel.
For the utilitarian, the use of the felony murder rule to achieve roughly the same results achievable by a more discerning inquiry is probably good enough reason to leave the felony murder rule in place.
The felony murder rule in Alabama has been codified by state statute 13A-6-2 (a)(3), which states a person is guilty of murder when "he or she commits or attempts to commit .
This Comment explores why the proximate cause theory has failed in its purported purpose to limit the felony murder rule and suggests that research in cognitive psychology can help us understand the rule's expansive application.
Johnston was based solely on the so-called felony murder rule.