Minnesota recently amended its felony murder law, under which an individual could be convicted of murder even though they didn’t kill or even intend to harm anyone if the murder occurred in the commission of a felony. Under the amendment, individuals can no longer be charged with murder unless they intended to cause a death or were a major participant in it. The new law is also retroactive, meaning it could lead to the release of those imprisoned for murder under this doctrine. While a state corrections spokesman commented that the Department of Corrections doesn’t know how many prisoners could be released, it’s estimated that one-third of prisoners in for murder were imprisoned under the felony murder doctrine. It will be up to state judges to ultimately decide who qualifies under the law.
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