After years in the making, we were finally able to push forward with the landmark felony murder reform bill, Senate Bill 1437. Authored by Senator Nancy Skinner of Berkeley and inspired by our co-founder, Adnan Khan, we conceived, organized, researched and advocated for the bill to pass.
To learn more, watch this Opinion Documentary about our work on this bill by the New York Times here.
SB 1437 will reform the felony murder rule and amend accomplice liability in certain types of second-degree murder. This act retains felony murder liability for the person who kills during the course of certain felonies. It would only abolish felony murder liability for an accomplice: a person who did not personally commit the homicidal act or intend that a homicide occur. This act would also limit judicially-created doctrines for second-degree murder liability.