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  • Ralph Gants and the decline of the felony murder doctrine in Massachusetts

    WGBH - 09/25/2017

    Last week, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts narrowed the application of the state felony-murder doctrine, a controversial rule that has “perplexedgenerations of law students, commentators and jurists.” Up until that decision, a person could be found guilty of felony murder in its purest form when he or she commits a felony that causes another person’s death — regardless of whether that result was intended.  In other words, you could have been deemed culpable of first-degree murder even if you lacked the mental state associated with murder, say, the purpose to kill.

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