What's New in the Legal News: The Felony Murder Rule

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Episode 24

The USLawEssentials Law & Language Podcast continues its What’s New in the Legal News Series. This week we focus on the felony murder rule and a recent article discussing the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. Steven Horowitz and Daniel A. Edelson introduce the article, Ahmoud Arbery death trial: What’s the difference between malice murder and felony murder in Georgia, which explains how the felony murder rule operates in Georgia and why it applied in the killing of Mr. Arbery. Mr. Arbery, a black man, was accosted by three white men while jogging. One defendant fired the shotgun that took Mr. Arbery’s life, however, the other defendants were also guilty under the felony murder rule.

By way of background, the felony murder rule, which, to our knowledge, only exists in the United States, holds all persons involved in a violent felony guilty of murder, should any person die during the commission of a violent felony. The felony murder rule applies to everyone who committed the felony, regardless of whether a defendant personally caused the victim to die.

A link to the article is here: https://www.11alive.com/article/news/crime/ahmaud-arbery/malice-murder-felony-murder-difference-ahmaud-arbery-death-trial/85-d13db692-cff9-4b4d-be73-5eba5ae22054

You can watch a USLawEssentials video on the felony murder rule here: https://youtu.be/e1-n32XYV3k

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