Schad v. Arizona

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Schad v. Arizona
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Argued February 27, 1991
Decided June 21, 1991
Full case name Schad v. State of Arizona
Citations 501 U.S. 624 (more)
Prior history Certiorari to the Supreme Court of Arizona
Holding
(1) Robbery is not a lesser included offense of felony murder predicated on robbery, and so Beck v. Alabama does not require a jury instruction on robbery when a defendant is charged with felony murder. (2) Because jurors need not agree on the mode of commission of an offense, Arizona may classify both premeditated murder and felony murder as first-degree murder and require that jurors unanimously agree only that first-degree murder was committed, rather than that felony murder or premeditated murder was committed.
Court membership
Chief Justice
William Rehnquist
Associate Justices
Byron White · Thurgood Marshall
Harry Blackmun · John P. Stevens
Sandra Day O'Connor · Antonin Scalia
Anthony Kennedy · David Souter
Case opinions
Majority Souter, joined by Rehnquist, O'Connor, Kennedy (in full); Scalia (part III)
Concurrence Scalia
Dissent White, joined by Marshall, Blackmun, Stevens
Laws applied
U.S. Const. amends. VI, XIV

Schad v. Arizona, 501 U.S. 624 (1991), is a United States Supreme Court decision that explained which charges need to be explained to the jury in trials for felony murders.

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