David D

“After 1978, the prosecution did not have to prove the intention of a person to kill another, all the prosecution had to prove was that the defendant committed any felony and some person died during the commission of the crime, whether by accident or not, and whether or not this person was even the one who actually caused the death.  It has to be assumed that the purpose of Tennessee’s 1977 death penalty statute and the TPI 20.02 jury instructions were obviously for political gain and not for the rights of the citizens of this state…”

Continue reading David’s structural critique of TN death penalty law.

Read more about the felony murder rule here and here.

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