Felony-Murder Rule, Legal Doctrine, Survey of 50 States
The current research provides an examination of felony murder to determine the similarities and differences among jurisdictions in the nation. It provides a current analysis of jurisprudence to update the literature as to practices in the United States pertaining to the availability of felony murder and the specific elements that make up the rule. This research conducts a survey of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Federal System. It provides an overview of the felony-murder rule and its availability, the degrees to which the doctrine is utilized, and the subsequent sentences allowable for defendants convicted under the theory. Current statutes are analyzed to establish what circumstances specifically constitute felony murder and the criteria required by each of the jurisdictions. Additionally, it determines to what degree jurisdictions subscribe to the felony-murder theory, which ones allow individuals to be eligible for life sentences or death sentences, and which jurisdictions allow the rule to be applied to non-triggerman offenders.
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Sanborn, Joseph B.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Health and Public Affairs
Criminal Justice and Legal Studies
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Francis, Traci Rose, "Availability Of The Felony-murder Rule Today: Equitable And Just Or Unfair And Excessive?" (2005). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 444.