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The Felony Murder Rule

Only in America could Ryan Holle serve a life sentence with no possibility of parole for loaning his car to a friend. Ryan, who had no prior record,  was convicted of pre-meditated murder because, before going to sleep for the night, he loaned a friend his car. While Ryan was sleeping his friend committed robbery involving murder. Everyone including the prosecutor agrees that Ryan was asleep in his bed at home at the time of the crime.

This could only happen in America because we are the only country that has a Felony Murder Rule. This rule states that if anyone has anything to do with a felony in which a murder takes place, such as a robbery, that person is as guilty as the person who has committed the murder. Every other country has gotten rid of the felony murder rule because of  unintended consequences.

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