As a prison volunteer I learned about the injustice of the felony murder rule (FMR). It is an outmoded doctrine whereby all parties can be charged with 1st degree murder, often a life sentence, if someone dies during the commission of a felony regardless of whether a person directly or indirectly caused the dealth. The most egregious case of felony murder I ever heard of is that of Ryan J. Holle convicted in 2004 in Florida of first-degree murder for lending his Chevrolet Metro to a friend, who used the car to drive others to a house in order to commit a burglary, during which a murder was committed. Holle is now serving a sentence of life without parole at the Wakulla Correctional Institute. Our most severe punishment should be reserved for individuals actually guilty of the crime. Many juveniles are serving life sentences in this country due to the application of the felony murder rule.

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    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Decision-maker President Obama and governors of 46 states where felony murder rule applies responds:

      President Obama and governors of 46 states where felony murder rule applies

      The FMR rule is grossly unjust.


    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. Decision-maker President Obama and governors of 46 states where felony murder rule applies responds:

      President Obama and governors of 46 states where felony murder rule applies

      The Felony Murder Rule is terribly unjust and should be ended.


    5. Decision-maker President Obama and governors of 46 states where felony murder rule applies responds:

      President Obama and governors of 46 states where felony murder rule applies

      The felony murder rule has miscarried justice all too long.
      Now is the time to repeal.


    6. Reached 200 signatures

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    • Tyler Denson LONDON, OH
      • about 19 hours ago

      I have 2 friends sitting in jail looking at life in prison for murder they didn't commit and they let the woman who did it is still running free

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    • James Moore LONDON, OH
      • 1 day ago

      This subject has hit very close to home. A friend of mine has fallen under this felony murder rule in which he was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time. He had done no harm to anyway or did knowingly acknowledge that it was being done at his current location. My name is James Moore.. I'm 18 from London, Ohio, and we should have a say in the future of the future of our Americans.. Because these kids you just see as dumb teens are actually going to be the leaders of this country one day. And it seems the current generation failed at that anyway.

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    • Nancy Myers LONDON, OH
      • 9 days ago

      It is an unjust, unfair and much out dated law.

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    • Brandon Nichols SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • 9 days ago

      I am signing because this only proves how flawed the so called justice system of America is. There's no way this man should be sitting behind bars when he wasn't even present at the murder scene. This rule is garbage and so is any judge or juror that was on this case

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    • Sharon Gallimore LONDON, OH
      • 9 days ago

      Someone who chooses to not directly part of a crime should not be convicted of it. Period!

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