California Appeals Court Keeps Limitations To Felony Murder Rule In Place

November 21, 2019

A California appellate court Tuesday denied San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan’s challenge to a new state law that struck down the so-called "felony murder rule," which allowed prosecutors to charge people with murder even if they weren’t directly responsible for the crime.

The law, SB 1437, mandates that people can't be convicted of murder unless they were the actual killer, helped the killer, or "acted with reckless indifference to human life."

 

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