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The felony murder rule in Alabama has been codified by state statute 13A-6-2 (a)(3), which states a person is guilty of murder when "he or she commits or attempts to commit .
1 ("At common law, murder [can] be established by proof of malice aforethought or by reliance on the common law felony murder rule that holds that the defendant's intent to commit the underlying felony substitutes for the 'malice' element otherwise required for a conviction of murder.
28) Compare David Crump, Reconsidering the Felony Murder Rule in Light of Modern Criticisms: Doesn 't the Conclusion Depend Upon the Particular Rule at Issue?
33) Guyora Binder, The Origins of American Felony Murder Rules, 57 STAN.
In explaining their sentencing decision after only about three hours of deliberations, the three male members of the jury said they likely would not have even convicted Alvarez on the 11 counts of first-degree murder in the eight-week trial if it had not been for the felony murder rule.
198) First, the Court found that Walters was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder under both the felony murder rule for kidnapping and robbery with a firearm and murder with premeditation and deliberation.
226) The jury convicted Mann of first-degree murder under the felony murder rule and found three aggravating circumstances: (1) the murder was committed during the commission of a robbery, (2) the murder was committed for pecuniary gain, and (3) the murder was especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel.
For the utilitarian, the use of the felony murder rule to achieve roughly the same results achievable by a more discerning inquiry is probably good enough reason to leave the felony murder rule in place.
Of course, the felony murder rule is not necessary to achieve this presumed marginal deterrence.
This Comment explores why the proximate cause theory has failed in its purported purpose to limit the felony murder rule and suggests that research in cognitive psychology can help us understand the rule's expansive application.
Johnston was based solely on the so-called felony murder rule.