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State's Highest Court Rules To Narrow Felony-Murder Rule08:04
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The John Adams Courthouse is home of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. (Joe Difazio for WBUR)
The John Adams Courthouse is home of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. (Joe Difazio for WBUR)
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Earlier today the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts decided to narrow the scope of the felony murder rule.

The felony murder rule allows prosecutors to charge a defendant with murder if a death occurs during the commission of a felony, regardless of intent to commit murder.

Even if the defendant had no intent to commit murder or no direct involvement in the physical act resulting in the death.

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Nancy Gertner, WBUR legal analyst and retired federal judge. She tweets @ngertner.

This segment aired on September 20, 2017.

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