A Bill Moving Through Calif. Legislature Could Eliminate 'Felony Murder Rule'

June 28, 2018 - 3:37 pm

(KNX 1070) -- A bill is moving through the California legislature that would eliminate the "felony murder rule."

The rule says that anyone, even those who're peripherally involved in a felony where someone is killed, can get charged with murder -- even if they didn't do the actual killing.

A Democratic State Senator from the east bay who sponsored the bill, Nancy Skinner, tells KNX In-Depth the problem with the rule is that it's applied more often to women, minorities, and young people.

An opponent of doing away with the rule, Eric Siddall, with the Association of Deputy District Attorneys for LA County, tells KNX there's a reason it's not applied uniformly.

Other opponents argue the rule is a good deterrent.