A Long Discourse on the Concept of Felony Murder in the United States
Every one of my Criminal Law students I teach must learn the felony murder rule. It is a necessary concept to understand in order to pass the Bar exam. For those of you who may wish to practice criminal law in Florida you should know that Florida utilizes felony murder its homicide prosecutions more than any other state in the U.S.
The common law felony murder rule provides that if a person kills another in doing or attempting to do an act amounting to a felony, the killing is murder.1 it does not matter whether the death was intended or the product of a reckless disregard for the risk to human life or criminally negligent behavior.