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Pennsylvania Supreme Court to decide constitutionality of mandatory life imprisonment for felony murder

JURIST

and almost every country in the world in recognizing that people convicted of felony murder should not face death-by-incarceration sentences. The post Pennsylvania Supreme Court to decide constitutionality of mandatory life imprisonment for felony murder appeared first on JURIST - News.

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Disqualified voters challenge Virginia’s felony disenfranchisement provision

JURIST

Three Virginia citizens disqualified from voting due to felony convictions joined a nonprofit organization to file a lawsuit Monday in federal court against Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin and several state elections officials. The action challenges the felony disenfranchisement provision of the Virginia Constitution.

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Minnesota Supreme Court upholds felony disenfranchisement law

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A reasonable conclusion to draw from these textual features is that an affirmative act of government is required to restore what the government has taken away by its affirmative decision to prosecute and convict a person of a felony. This latest ruling is part of a wave of legislation and litigation surrounding felony disenfranchisement.

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US Supreme Court declines to hear case regarding jury size in felony trials

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Six states in the US allow for trials before six or eight-person juries in felony cases: Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts and Utah. The post US Supreme Court declines to hear case regarding jury size in felony trials appeared first on JURIST - News.

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The Unfinished Business of Felony Murder

The Crime Report

In 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court abolished key aspects of its “felony murder rule,” the common law doctrine that made everyone involved in a felony that resulted in death guilty of first-degree murder—guilty even if they personally inflicted no violence and never intended to hurt anyone. The Rest of the Iceberg.

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Washington state expands voting rights for individuals with felony convictions

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill into law Wednesday expanding voting rights for persons with felony convictions. HB 1078 automatically restores voting rights for people with felony convictions once completing a sentence of total confinement through the Washington Department of Corrections.

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Felony murder retrial of former Fisher Phillips partner delayed amid evidence dispute

ABA Journal

Updated: The felony murder retrial of former Fisher Phillips partner Claud “Tex” McIver, who is accused of fatally shooting his wife, has been delayed to…

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