Thompson v. Washington

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Thompson v. Washington
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Decided October 17, 1977
Full case name Thompson v. Washington
Citations 434 U.S. 898 (more)
98 S. Ct. 290; 54 L. Ed. 2d 185; 1977 U.S. LEXIS 3607
Appeal from Sup. Ct. Wash. dismissed for want of substantial federal question.
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Thompson v. Washington, 434 U.S. 898 (1977), was a case dismissed by the Supreme Court of the United States for lack of federal question jurisdiction.[1]


The case was on appeal from the Supreme Court of Washington, and it involved a second degree murder conviction based on the felony murder rule.[2]

Subsequent developments[edit]

Thompson v. Washington was cited in the later Washington case State v. Wanrow, 91 Wash.2d 301 (1978), as an endorsement of the constitutionality of the felony murder rule.[3]


  1. ^ Thompson v. Washington, 434 U.S. 898 (1977)
  2. ^ State v. Thompson, 88 Wash.2d 13 (1977)
  3. ^ Bonnie, R.J. et al. Criminal Law, Second Edition. Foundation Press, New York, NY: 2004, p. 875