Brown v. Precythe

Pro bono counsel from O’Melveny & Myers, LLP filed an amicus brief on behalf of Juvenile Law Center, Children and Family Justice Center, and the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.  The brief was filed in support of Norman Brown and others initially sentenced to life without parole for crimes committed as youth, but who were subsequently granted parole eligibility by Missouri in order to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings in Miller v. Alabama and Montgomery v. Louisiana mandating that children sentenced to life in prison have a meaningful opportunity for release—an opportunity which Missouri’s parole board has systemically failed to provide. 
 
Our brief argued that the U.S. Supreme Court's requirement for a meaningful opportunity for release creates an identifiable liberty interest in parole for all juvenile offenders, and the Due Process Clause requires procedural protections, including the appointment of counsel in parole hearings, when such a liberty interest is at stake.