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Sub HB 2348 - Extension of "Triggerman Rule" - Key Vote

Virginia Key Votes

Rob Wittman voted Yea (Override of Veto) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Veto Override Failed (Senate) (24-14) - (Key vote)

Title: Extension of "Triggerman Rule"

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to override a veto of a bill that redefines the 'triggerman rule' by expanding the definition of first degree murder.

Highlights:
- Provides that in cases of murder for hire, terrorism, and a "continuing criminal enterprise", both accessories to the murder and principals in the second degree can be charged with first degree murder [sec. 1(C)]. - Allows defendants in the second degree to be charged with first degree murder if they had the same intent to kill as the triggerman [sec. 1(B)]. - Allows accessories to the murder to be charged in the first degree if they "ordered or directed" the triggerman [sec. 1(C)]. - Allows for the death penalty in cases listed above [VA Capital Code 18.2-31].
Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Legislation - Veto Override Passed (House) (79-21) - (Key vote)

Title: Extension of "Triggerman Rule"

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to override a veto of a bill that redefines the 'triggerman rule' by expanding the definition of first degree murder.

Highlights:
- Provides that in cases of murder for hire, terrorism, and a "continuing criminal enterprise", both accessories to the murder and principals in the second degree can be charged with first degree murder [sec. 1(C)]. - Allows defendants in the second degree to be charged with first degree murder if they had the same intent to kill as the triggerman [sec. 1(B)]. - Allows accessories to the murder to be charged in the first degree if they "ordered or directed" the triggerman [sec. 1(C)]. - Allows for the death penalty in cases listed above [VA Capital Code 18.2-31].
Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Legislation - Vetoed (Executive) -

Title: Extension of "Triggerman Rule"

Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (27-13) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (83-14) -
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Extension of “Triggerman Rule”

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