People v. Poole

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John Antonio Poole was sentenced to mandatory life without parole for an offense that occurred when he was 18.

Juvenile Law Center, American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, Juvenile Sentencing Project at Quinnipiac University School of Law, and attorney Deborah Labelle filed an amicus brief in the Michigan Supreme Court in support of Mr. Poole. Our brief argued that the mandatory imposition of life without parole on an 18-year-old violates the federal and Michigan constitutions for the same reasons that the U.S. Supreme Court barred such sentences for youth under 18 in Miller v. Alabama. We further argued that there is emerging consensus in Michigan and across the country that the line between childhood and adulthood should be set above age 18.



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