Choose a crime to focus on, and a jurisdiction. Felony Murder – New York
Legal Topics are points of law (also calledHeadnotes) written by Lexis attorney-editors, covering the key legal issues inthe case.
Use quotations around phrases.This is how you want the phraseto appear in the case.
In New York, the Court of Appeals is the highestcourt, followed by Supreme Court and lowercourt cases.
Lexis provides youwith knowledge ofwhether the case isstill good law.Green = go.
Find a statutory reference for the crime you have chosen. New York’s felony murder statute enacted by the N.Y. legislature
You can often find the statutory reference to the law inthe Headnotes or in the case. You can click on thehypertext link to the statute.
Why are there 2 sections of the same statute? There are so many New York casesinterpreting this statute that Lexis made another entry for the statute. It is the samestatute.
Another way to find statutes in Lexis… In addition to locating the statute in the case, you can run a separate search.
Note we are searching for the phrase “felony murder” to appear anywhere in the statute.
Effective Statutory Searching• The phrase “felony murder” appears in 140 different statutes. You want the actual felony murder statute; not a statute that may have a minor reference to it. Remember, when you click on Expanded List, you can see how your search terms are used. “Felony murder” is not the actual name of the statute – it is a popular reference to it. For example, “Buster’s Law” is the popular name for New York’s aggravated animal cruelty statute. – To effectively search statutes, you need to know either (1) the citation for the statute or (2) the actual “heading” of the New York code and “section.” E.g., Penal Code is the “heading;” Murder in the first degree is the “section.”
It’s much easier to search statutes in Lexis once you knowthe citation. You can find reference to the citation in caselaw. Copy and paste the citation and run the search in thecitation field.
Subsection viiis the felonymurder in thefirst degreestatute. Thecase refersdirectly tosubsection vii.
Find another case report dealingwith the crime you are researching… …and also involving a procedural issue such as search and seizure.
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