CA Latest State to Narrow Its Felony Murder Law

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law that limits who can be prosecuted for felony murder to those who commit or intend to commit a killing. The new law scales back a rule that allows defendants to be convicted of first-degree murder if a victim dies even if the defendant did not intend to kill, or did not know a homicide took place.

First Conviction in Obama Neighborhood Killing

Chicago jurors found a man guilty of being the getaway driver in the 2013 murder of Hadiya Pendleton, the teen who was killed a week after attending President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. Prosecutors built a case that Kenneth Williams was behind the wheel of a white Nissan seen speeding away after a gunman fired multiple times into a crowd of students in a park less than a mile from Obama’s home.

‘Pockets of Impunity’: Where Police Can’t Find Killers

The Washington Post identified the places in dozens of U.S. cities where murder is common but arrests are rare. The newspaper analyzed up to a decade of homicide arrest data– 52,000 cases — from 50 large cities. The analysis shows block by block where police fail to catch killers. The overall homicide arrest rate in the 50 cities is 49 percent, but in areas of impunity, police make arrests less than 33 percent of the time.