USD School of Law Professor Kevin Cole Quoted in Wall Street Journal

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SAN DIEGO (February 9, 2024)University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Professor Kevin Cole was quoted in the Wall Street Journal following the conviction of Jennifer Crumbley, whose son killed four students at a Michigan high school in 2021.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “This case marked the first time a parent of a school shooter has been convicted on charges directly connected to the killings.” Professor Cole said, “There’s a potential to have accomplice liability when a merchant sells an item to a person who uses the item to commit an offense, for instance.The conventional rule was that unless the accomplice had a purpose or a conscious object, that the crime be committed, you weren't responsible as an accomplice.” He believes that the ruling could affect more general cases involving the charging of accomplices.

In March, Crumbley’s husband will stand trial for the same charges. Legal experts agreed the case was significant in directly holding the parents of a child convicted of a mass killing responsible for the crimes.

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About Professor of Law Kevin Cole

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Professor of Law Kevin Cole clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and practiced law in Philadelphia, joining the USD law faculty in 1987 and serving as the school's dean from 2005-11. Professor Cole teaches and writes primarily in the areas of evidence and criminal law and procedure. He served as reporter for the Committee on Forfeiture in Drug Offense Cases of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws and has been a visiting professor at Georgetown University. Professor Cole's scholarly work has addressed topics such as sentencing, sexual assault law, mens rea, criminal law theory, and search and seizure law. Since 2009 he has edited the CrimProf Blog. He is an elected member of The American Law Institute.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 30th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 41st nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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