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Juvenile Sex Offender Registry (SORNA)
Supreme Court of Illinois •
Argued that by imposing registration as a violent offender on juveniles without consideration of the distinguishing characteristics of youth or a youth’s individualized circumstances, Illinois’ Violent Offender Against Youth Registration Act (VOYRA) violates both Illinois and federal constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process.
Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
California Supreme Court •
Argued that the California Supreme Court should adopt a presumption in favor of immaturity and against imposing life without parole upon juvenile offenders.
Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
Colorado Supreme Court •

Argued that the U.S. Supreme Court's ban on mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles in Miller should apply retroactively to inmates like Vigil, who was sentenced prior to the Miller ruling.

Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
Missouri Supreme Court •

Argued that the U.S. Supreme Court's ban on mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles in Miller should apply retroactively to inmates like Griffin, who was sentenced prior to the Miller ruling.

Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit •

Argued that the U.S. Supreme Court's ban on mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles in Miller should apply retroactively to inmates like Songster, who was sentenced prior to the Miller ruling.

Juvenile Sex Offender Registry (SORNA)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit •
Argued that 18 U.S.C. § 2241(c), the federal statute prohibiting sexual acts with children under the age of 12, was unconstitutional when the accused is also under 12.
Juvenile Sex Offender Registry (SORNA)
Ohio Supreme Court •

Argued that Ohio’s sex offender registration law should be held unconstitutional as applied to children tried in juvenile court.

Juvenile Sex Offender Registry (SORNA)
Supreme Court of Kentucky •
Argued that Kentucky state law and established public policy disfavor adjudicating a minor child delinquent of sexual misconduct and possession and viewing of child pornography when consensual sexual contact and exchange of sexually explicit text messages occurs between two teens who are both below the age of consent.
Records
Washington Supreme Court •

Argued in support of Washington State’s standard for sealing juvenile records because it is aligned with U.S. Supreme Court jurisprudence in treating child offenders differently than adults and making it easier for children to seal their records upon completion of their sentences.