Triggerman rule; redefinition thereof. (SB7)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Criminal law; redefinition of the triggerman rule.  Redefines the "triggerman rule," which currently provides that only the actual perpetrator of a capital murder is eligible for the death penalty and that accessories and principals in the second degree can be punished only as if guilty of first degree murder. This bill allows principals in the second degree and accessories before the fact to be charged as principals in the first degree in the cases of murder for hire, murder involving a continuing criminal enterprise, and terrorism. This bill allows, in all other cases of capital murder, a principal in the second degree to be tried as a principal in the first degree if he had the same intent to kill as the principal in the first degree. The bill allows an accessory before the fact to be tried as a principal in the first degree if he ordered or directed the willful, deliberate, and premeditated killing. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
12/09/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10
12/09/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10100622D
12/09/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
12/11/2009Impact statement from VCSC (SB7)
02/15/2010Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (6-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB502.