56 Pages Posted: 30 May 2002
Date Written: March 2001
This amicus curiae brief was filed in support of the appeal by Lionel Tate of his conviction of felony murder. Lionel, at age 12, crushed his six year old cousin while imitating World Wrestling Federation moves. Tried as an adult, he was sentenced by a Broward County Florida criminal court to life in prison without parole. The amicus brief argues that it was both bad law and bad public policy to charge a 12 year old with murder utilizing the underlying felony of "aggravated child abuse." Issues discussed include the child's capacity to understand his acts, doctrines of merger, and the history and interpretation of child abuse laws.
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Woodhouse, Barbara Bennett and Slobogin, Christopher and Wright, Claudia and Drizin, Steven A., Brief of Amici Curiae in Support of Lionel Tate, Appellant, in State of Florida v. Lionel Tate, Case No. 4D01-1306 (Fla. 4th DCA) (March 2001). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=314519 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.314519