Dove v. Louisiana

After being found guilty by a non-unanimous jury, David Dove was sentenced to life without parole for allegedly committing second degree murder and attempted second degree murder when he was 16.

Juvenile Law Center and Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights filed an amicus brief in support of a petition for certiorari in the United States Supreme Court in support of Mr. Dove. Our brief argues that Miller v. Alabama and Montgomery v. Louisiana established a presumption against juvenile life without parole and that Louisiana’s routine imposition of juvenile life without parole demonstrates the need for a categorical bar on the sentence which disproportionally punishes African-American youth.

The Supreme Court denied the petition for certiorari.