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End the felony murder rule
  • Petitioned President Obama and governors of 46 states where felony murder rule applies
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End the felony murder rule

    1. Ed Sabin
    2. Petition by

      Ed Sabin

      Pasadena, MD

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. 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.


    2. Reached 250 signatures
    3. 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.


    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 has miscarried justice all too long.
      Now is the time to repeal.


    5. Reached 200 signatures

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    • Deborah Helms AKRON, OH
      • 3 months ago

      Our laws need to make sense! What good is looking like we are tough on crime if we are creating laws that entrap us? People are becoming increasingly uncomfortable with our lawmakers and our system. Its very sad.

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    • Amanda Oiler ELKHART, IN
      • 3 months ago

      My friend was recently convicted of murder due to this law, it has torn not only his family, but our city apart. Free the Elkhart 4.

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    • Bonnie Young ROCKVALE, CO
      • 3 months ago

      The Felony Murder law has been you to incarcerate and intimidate youths in conflict with the law and cost them their entire natural life....at 14, 15 and 16 and 17 and 18. The rest of the world sees this as unjust...how about us?

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    • Sherry Gaff COLDWATER, MI
      • 3 months ago

      our youth shouldnt be treated as adults

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    • Sonia Ahmed SCARBOROUGH, CANADA
      • 3 months ago

      I belive that the state takes this law which was made to protect the people, but continue to use it an absurd manner. To charge Ryan Holle for lending a car to someone, is taking the law out of context and not protecting the people. The law has become ineffective when it is pulled out to the extreme, as in this situation. Just the fact that he is serving a life sentence, goes to show that this absurd law is being abused. He lent a car and is now serving life sentence for a murder he did not commit.

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