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First Degree Murder--Substantial Concurrent Causation Theory (Sanchez) and Impact of Chiu and SB 1437

(1) Does the "substantial concurrent causation" theory of liability of People v. Sanchez (2001) 26 Cal.4th 834 permit a conviction for first degree murder if the defendants did not fire the shot that killed the victim? (2) What impact, if any, do People v. Chiu (2014) 59 Cal.4th 155 and Senate Bill No. 1437 (Stats. 2018, ch. 1015, 1, subd. (f)) have on the rule of Sanchez? (People v. Carney (Dec. 10, 2019, C077558) [nonpub. opn.], review granted 3/25/2020 (S260063).)

Updated: 3/25/2020

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