Boston University School of Law
Murder is the most serious of all crimes. Given the grave consequences of murder, both in act and in punishment, one would expect careful, clearly defined elements of the crime. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. Some states, including Massachusetts, have statutes that retain outdated or archaic common law terms that are subject to constant redefinition by judges.
Sean J. Kealy,
Hunting the Dragon: Reforming the Massachusetts Murder Statute,
Boston University Public Interest Law Journal
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