Can SB 1437 Apply to Murder When a Provocative Act?

In the short time since Senate Bill 1437 was passed, we have received dozens of calls from well-wishing and concerned family members of those in custody who think it applies to any murder. Inmates themselves also call us through three-way calls arranged by loved ones and ask questions that show they assume it applies to any murder whatsoever. The following summary exemplifies the limited scope of relief intended in SB 1437 by discussing a recent Second Appellate District Court decision wherein defendant was found to have committed murder based on the provocative act doctrine. This did not apply to SB 1437 resentencing. To read why not, please click on the following link –

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