September 20, 2013
NY Times debates "Reconsidering Young Lifers’ Sentences"
The Room for Debate section of the New York Times has this new set of pieces discussing whether all juve murderers should get the retroactive benefit of the Supreme Court's Miller Eighth Amendment ruling. Here is the section's set up:
In the wake of last year’s Supreme Court ruling in Miller v. Alabama that juveniles may never receive a mandatory sentence of life without parole, The Times editorial board has called for courts and legislators to apply this principle regardless of the date of conviction.
Courts in some states agree. Earlier this month, the Louisiana Supreme Court took on this question in the case of Darryl Tate, who was 17 when he robbed two men and killed one of them in 1981.
Should all people in prison for life without parole who committed their crimes before their 18th birthday be eligible for a new sentencing hearing?
Here are the contributions, with links via the commentary titles:
"Give Them Another Chance" by Jody Kent Lavy, Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth
"Judgments Should Remain Intact" by Kent Scheidegger, Criminal Justice Legal Foundation
"The Problem With Retroactivity Rules" by William Baude, Volokh Conspiracy
"It Won’t Be Easy, But It Must Be Done" by R. Daniel Okonkwo, D.C. Lawyers for Youth
"Time to Affirm What We Mean by ‘Juvenile’" by Annie Salsich, Vera Institute of Justice
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Posted by: Adamakis | Sep 20, 2013 1:16:53 PM
Unrelenting pro-criminal false propaganda. These youths should have been all executed long before any of them killed people. Only the lawyer stands between the public safety and getting rid of the ultra-violent, fatherless amoral predator. Crime will not end until the lawyer is deterred. I find this list morally reprehensible in its falsity, its bad faith, its rent seeking.
Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Sep 21, 2013 5:36:19 AM
Here we go. Adulthood not at 18, at 25.
Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Sep 25, 2013 6:41:04 AM