Category Archives: Sentencing

Juvenile Lifers: Reason for Hope

On December 1, 2014, the Supreme Court again deflected an effort to clarify whether its landmark 2012 decision in Miller v. Alabama banning mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles should be applied retroactively. It was the second time this … Continue reading

Print Friendly
Posted in Adult Court, Case Law, Miller v. Alabama, Sentencing, State Laws, U.S. Supreme Court | 1 Comment

Destructive Justice: A Lost Boy, A Broken System, and the Small Light of Hope

By Patricia Robinson, University of North Carolina School of Law ’16 Destructive Justice: A Lost Boy, A Broken System, and the Small Light of Hope (2014) by Nicholas Frank is a book in which you know the story before you even begin. A … Continue reading

Print Friendly
Posted in Adult Court, Books, Guest Blogger, Sentencing | Comments Off

Life Without Parole: Why it Must End for Youth

The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (CFSY) with various partners has recently produced a very effective infographic that they introduce with the following text: In light of the June 25, 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Miller v. Alabama that … Continue reading

Print Friendly
Posted in Media, Miller v. Alabama, Sentencing, U.S. Supreme Court | Comments Off

Defending a Terror Suspect

Since the capture and arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (pictured on the left at his high school graduation in Cambridge, Massachusetts), the college sophomore charged with the Boston Marathon bombing, I have thought about another young man who was charged with … Continue reading

Print Friendly
Posted in Adult Court, Criminal /Juvenile Defense, Legal Profession, Media, Prosecutor's Role, Right to Counsel, Sentencing, Terrorism cases | Comments Off

To Defend a Terrorist: Reflections on Reid, Tsarnaev & How I Got from There to Here

Since my last post, I’ve been occupied with putting myself out there (via print, radio & cable news) to share the message that even those charged with the most heinous offenses are still human beings, that we are each more … Continue reading

Print Friendly
Posted in Criminal /Juvenile Defense, Death Penalty, Sentencing, Terrorism cases, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Steubenville: The Names Change, but the Story Stays the Same

“My life is over. No one is going to want me now.” These were the words of 16-year-old Ma’lik Richmond after a judge adjudicated him delinquent of rape earlier this week in juvenile court in Steubenville, Ohio. Hyperbole? Perhaps. But … Continue reading

Print Friendly
Posted in Delinquency, Education, Gender, Juvenile Court, Juveniles, Media, Sentencing | 1 Comment

From Prison to Juvenile Justice Lawyer

I am a sucker for a feel-good story, and this is the best one I’ve come across in a long time.  It’s from the San Francisco Chronicle, written by Meredith May, and here’s how it opens: A group of incarcerated teenage … Continue reading

Print Friendly
Posted in Juveniles, Law Schools, Law Students, Legal Profession, Rehabilitation, Sentencing, Training | 1 Comment

New Article on the Role of Counsel in the Sentencing Phase of a Juvenile Delinquency Case

It’s always struck me as ironic that the criminal defense of adults is considered to be more “advanced” and “complicated” than the defense of young people in juvenile court.  Having practiced in both realms, I have personally found representing children … Continue reading

Print Friendly
Posted in Criminal /Juvenile Defense, Delinquency, Juvenile Court, Juveniles, Legal Scholarship, Sentencing | 2 Comments

“Children are Different:” Constitutional Values and Justice Policy

The title of this post is the title of a notable new law review essay by Professor Elizabeth Scott of Columbia Law School, which is forthcoming in the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law.  The article is posted and available via … Continue reading

Print Friendly
Posted in Adult Court, Analysis, Legal Scholarship, Miller v. Alabama, Sentencing, U.S. Supreme Court | 3 Comments

Sara Kruzan — Originally Sentenced to JLWOP — is Eligible for Parole

With the 2012 Supreme Court decision in Miller v. Alabama, striking down mandatory JLWOP for homicide, there has been increased optimism that the U.S. has turned a corner in the inhumane sentencing of youth. Although the decision did not affect … Continue reading

Print Friendly
Posted in Adult Court, Miller v. Alabama, Sentencing, U.S. Supreme Court, Uncategorized | 2 Comments