Maryland Democrats Introduce Bill Preventing Charge of Felony Murder for Anyone Under 25
Democrat lawmakers in the State of Maryland Have introduced and are attempting to pass a bill to prevent criminals under 25 from being charged with felony murder.
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The new bill was introduced by Democrat Delegate Charlotte Crutchfield and co-sponsored by delegates Bartlett, Davis, McCaskill, Moon, Phillips, Simpson, Williams, and Young.
If passed, Maryland House Bill 1180, also called the “Youth Accountability and Safety Act, “would ultimately prevent anyone under 25 from being charged with felony murder.
In the State of Maryland, “Felony murder occurs when someone is killed while a felony crime, like robbery, is being committed.’
The text of the 3-page bill is included here.
HOUSE BILL 1180
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HB 385/21 – JUD CF SB 652
By: Delegates Crutchfield, Bartlett, Davis, McCaskill, Moon, Phillips, Simpson,
Williams and Young
Introduced and read first time: February 10, 2023
Assigned to: Judiciary
A BILL ENTITLED
1 AN ACT concerning
2 Criminal Law – Youth Accountability and Safety Act
3 FOR the purpose of providing that a person who was under a certain age at the time of the
4 offense may not be found to have committed murder in the first degree under certain
5 provisions of law; and generally relating to felony first–degree murder.
6 BY repealing and reenacting, with amendments,
7 Article – Criminal Law
8 Section 2–201
9 Annotated Code of Maryland
10 (2021 Replacement Volume and 2022 Supplement)
11 BY repealing and reenacting, without amendments,
12 Article – Criminal Law
13 Section 2–204
14 Annotated Code of Maryland
15 (2021 Replacement Volume and 2022 Supplement)
16 SECTION 1. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF MARYLAND,
17 That the Laws of Maryland read as follows:
18 Article – Criminal Law
20 (a) A murder is in the first degree if it is:
21 (1) a deliberate, premeditated, and willful killing;
22 (2) committed by lying in wait;
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1 (3) committed by poison; or
2 (4) SUBJECT TO SUBSECTION (B) OF THIS SECTION, committed in the
3 perpetration of or an attempt to perpetrate:
4 (i) arson in the first degree;
5 (ii) burning a barn, stable, tobacco house, warehouse, or other
6 outbuildings that:
7 1. is not parcel to a dwelling; and
8 2. contains cattle, goods, wares, merchandise, horses, grain,
9 hay or tobacco;
10 (iii) burglary in the first, second, or third degree;
11 (iv) carjacking or armed carjacking;
12 (v) escape in the first degree from a State correctional facility or a
13 local correctional facility;
14 (vi) kidnapping under § 3–502 or § 3–503(a)(2) of this article;
15 (vii) mayhem;
16 (viii) rape;
17 (ix) robbery under § 3–402 or § 3–403 of this article;
18 (x) sexual offenses in the first or second degree;
19 (xi) sodomy as that crime existed before October 1, 2020; or
20 (xii) a violation of § 4–503 of this article concerning destructive
22 (B) A PERSON WHO WAS UNDER THE AGE OF 25 YEARS AT THE TIME OF THE
23 OFFENSE MAY NOT BE FOUND TO HAVE COMMITTED MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE
24 UNDER SUBSECTION (A)(4) OF THIS SECTION.
25 [(b)] (C) (1) A person who commits a murder in the first degree is guilty of a
26 felony and on conviction shall be sentenced to:
27 (i) imprisonment for life without the possibility of parole; or
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1 (ii) imprisonment for life.
2 (2) Unless a sentence of imprisonment for life without the possibility of
3 parole is imposed in compliance with § 2–203 of this subtitle and § 2–304 of this title, the
4 sentence shall be imprisonment for life.
5 [(c)] (D) A person who solicits another or conspires with another to commit
6 murder in the first degree is guilty of murder in the first degree if the death of another
7 occurs as a result of the solicitation or conspiracy.
9 (a) A murder that is not in the first degree under § 2–201 of this subtitle is in the
10 second degree.
11 (b) A person who commits a murder in the second degree is guilty of a felony and
12 on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 40 years.
13 SECTION 2. AND BE IT FURTHER ENACTED, That this Act shall take effect
October 14 1, 2023.
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Republicans, however, are against murderers getting away with murder and object to the bill.
Democrat lawmakers in the state of Maryland are proposing a bill that would prevent murderers under the age of 25 from facing prosecution for felony murder.
Fox45News has more on the controversial proposal known as House Bill 1180. 😂😂. Reparations.😂😂
— American Islandman (@N76247476Man) March 7, 2023
If they can't be charged with those crimes because their brains are lacking….
Then these need to be added!!!:
-No credit cards
-Not able to sign a loan
-NOT ABLE TO GET MARRIED!!!
The list goes on and on and on…#Maryland
— Geek Steve (@AnArtfulPenguin) March 7, 2023
Crutchfield’s reasoning behind the new bill is that a person’s frontal lobes are not fully developed until age 25.
However, opponents of HB 1180, like Republican Delegate Susan McComas, say Democrats only use mental capacity when it comes to soft-on-crime policies.
“Proponents of the bill say that the human brain is not fully formed in the frontal lobes until age 25. But yet, we’re doing other things in the general assembly, letting children vote earlier and earlier, letting them get hormone-inducing drugs to change their sex,” said McComas.
The bill was introduced on February 10, 2023, and is making its way thru the Maryland house. If passed, the law would take effect on October 21, 2023
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