I am reminded of this topic due to a call I got this morning. I posted this about that:
“OMG … just got off the phone with a Mom from FL. Two sons, one 16, the other 19. Both have MH issues and the real perps knew that.
Both are charged with first degree murder, aggravated battery, and other charges. They didn’t do it, sure as I am sitting here. They were at the scene where two guys (the real perps) set up a drug dealer to rob and kill him.
It’s a nightmare, but the good news is that she found me, early in the process. No arraignment yet. So I can be a lot of help to her. :)”
I have written about this before, but I cannot find the articles. I am a computer idiot!
The precise wording of the statutes vary from state to state. Here is a discussion of the law in Florida = https://www.gabriellawteam.com/accomplice-liability-in-florida/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felony_murder_rule = WIKIPEDIA discussion of the Felony Murder Rule.
Accomplice liability allows the court to find a person criminally liable for acts committed by a different person. If a person aids, assists, or encourages another in the commission of a crime, they are said to be an “accomplice” to the crime = Here are some articles = https://www.google.com/search?q=accomplice+liability&oq=accomplice+liability&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l7.20023j1j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
Equally troubling – unfair – are many “Accomplice after the Fact” laws!
THIS is the huge injustice: One can have no criminal intent, yet be convicted of Murder. More than one sorry man (P for “patsy”) is sitting in prison because he picked up his buddy (A) to go to a movie. Then A said “I’m just gonna stop in this liquor store; pull over.” A robs the store, shoots the clerk, and comes running out. P senses that something is wrong and scoots out of the area. He had no idea his buddy was going to commit a crime, yet he is guilty of Murder!