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Thursday, June 28, 2007

JaCo prosecutors want to apply felony murder to wreck involving unlicensed driver

Joe Lambe has an interesting story about a Jackson County case that could have a nationwide impact. Prosecutors want to push felony murder charges against Kevin S. Fisher, a guy who's accused of causing a fatal wreck while driving with a suspended or revoked license. The crash is from 2005; the victim, Wendell S. Guinn, was a passenger in the suspect's vehicle.

Driving while suspended is usually a misdemeanor -- unless you've got enough prior felonies on your record, which Fisher does. His attorney says he can't find another case in the country like this one. And counsel argues that applying the law like this will have an unfair impact on poor people.

For now, it's the appeals court's problem -- the judges there are going to decide whether Jackson County can pursue the felony murder charge.

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