KEY FEATURES • A brief introduction to the U.S. judicial system and to the public policy dimension of judicial decisions provides context for the material. • Criminal and regulatory laws are presented with contrasting views on various contemporary public policy issues, including assault weapons, hate crimes, stand your ground laws, police use of deadly force, and much more. • A question for debate and learning objectives appear at the beginning of each chapter. The debate format features contemporary topical issues that engage students and ask them to consider various points of view. • Brief essays introduce students to each debate and put the issue into context to help students understand how policy issues arise in criminal justice and law. • Summaries of the positions follow the debate sections to ensure students have a clear understanding of the contrasting arguments. • “You Decide” exercises and discussion questions appear at the end of each debate to give students the opportunity to apply what they read to new and novel situations.

Crimes Against the Person: Felony Murder
2.8 crimes against the person: Felony murder
Should a Felon Be Held Criminally Liable for the Death of a Co-Felon Under the Felony Murder Rule?
Learning Objectives
  • Know the felony murder rule.
  • Understand why there is a tension between the felony murder doctrine and the requirement that a crime requires a criminal intent and a criminal act.
  • Comprehend the arguments for and against the agency theory and for and against the proximate cause theory of liability for felony murder and how they differ from one another.
  • Understand under the proximate cause theory of liability why a felon should and should not be held liable for the death of a co-felon.
  • Know why a felon would not be held liable for the death of a co-felon ...
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