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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First, we summarize the operation of felony murder rules and the considerations that might justify severe penalties for felony murder.
These decisions authorize lower courts to condition capital punishment on a culpable mental state of at least reckless indifference to human life for all defendants convicted of felony murder, including actual killers.
Because it was not necessary to prove that the perpetrator intended to kill the victim in felony murder cases, the intention requirement was met where the accessory's purpose was to promote or facilitate the commission of the underlying felony.
462) P's assault during the burglary would be treated as a standalone crime committed against the express agreement of the parties and thus stands outside the reach of rule of felony murder and also the law of complicity.
Michigan's felony murder law at the time of Rahman's conviction mandated that anyone involved in a felony that resulted in the death of a victim, was guilty of felony murder and the punishment was to remain behind bars for the rest of his life.
20) Can the defendant who committed a textbook manslaughter instead be charged with murder via the felony murder rule?
Most states, almost since the emergence of the felony murder rule, have limited by statute what felonies may serve as predicate--or underlying--felonies.
How are the problems identified in Gray eliminated by changing the could-have test to a would-have test, or by renaming the offense from attempted felony murder to attempted second-degree murder or attempted manslaughter?
27) While felony murder is unpopular among academics, it is widely employed by prosecutors.
This Article demonstrates how distribution both explains the traditionally troubling criminal law doctrines of felony murder and the attempt-crime divide, and makes sense of current victim-centered reforms.
This article examines the California Supreme Court's major encounters with the felony murder rule.