Juvenile Law Center

Juvenile and Criminal Justice

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Olds

Along with Atlantic Center for Capital Representation and Wendy L. Williams & Associates, Juvenile Law Center filed an Application for Exercise of Extraordinary Jurisdiction or King's Bench Power on behalf of over 100 juveniles sentenced to JLWOP and then resentenced to 20-to-life terms. We argued that there is no case law or statute that applies to juveniles initially sentenced to life without parole whose convictions became final prior to the Miller decision and that such juveniles must be sentenced differently than post-Miller juvenile offenders. We further argued that Pre-Miller juveniles convicted of felony murder must be sentenced differently than juveniles convicted of first degree premeditated murder.

In a March 31, 2017 order, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied the Application for Exercise of Extraordinary Jurisdiction or King’s Bench Power.

Further Reading

"Pittsburgher Ricky Olds, in prison since age 14, now free after serving nearly 40 years," Bob Mayo, Pittsburgh's Action News 4, 2/21/17

"The 14-Year-Old Who Grew Up in Prison," Marc Bookman, Vice, 7/20/2016

Details

Case Number
127 WM 2016
Type
Direct
Date
December 20, 2016
Court
Pennsylvania Supreme Court
State of Origin
Pennsylvania

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