Posts in 'Direct Representation'

Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania •

Michael Felder was initially sentenced to life without parole for a first degree murder committed when he was 17. Following the Miller and Batts I

Juvenile Sex Offender Registry (SORNA)
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania •

The State appealed the trial court’s decision that lifetime registration of an adult for a crime committed as a juvenile is unconstitutional. We argued that the appeal is moot in light of Commonwealth v. Muniz, where the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held retroactive registration under SORNA unconstitutional.

Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
Pennsylvania Superior Court •

We argued that both Miller and Montgomery establish a presumption against imposing life without parole sentences on juveniles, who are categorically less culpable than adults. We further argued that imposing a life without parole sentence on a juvenile convicted of felony murder is unconstitutional because it attributes the same level of culpability and foreseeability to each participant in the crime regardless of their level of participation or neurological development.

Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
Pennsylvania Superior Court •

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.

Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania •

We challenged the constitutionality of resentencing a juvenile offender to two consecutive 30-to-life terms which amount to a de facto life sentence.

Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania •

Juvenile Law Center, in collaboration with Defender Association of Philadelphia, Cozen O’Connor, Peter Goldberger, and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld LLP, filed a brief in the Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania on behalf of Mr. Ligon and other named defendants in support of the questions of law raised in General Court Regulation #1 of 2016 to be resolved by an en banc panel prior to re-sentencing the juvenile life without parole population. Since Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia in particular has the largest juvenile lifer population in the country, the court’s decision is likely to have a significant impact on many juvenile lifer re-sentencings.

Solitary Confinement & Harsh Conditions
U.S. Supreme Court •

Juvenile Law Center, with co-counsel Kevin Allen of Crystle, Allen & Braught, has filed a petition for a writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of a 12-year-old child subjected to a suspicionless strip search upon his admission to a juvenile detention center. Our petition urged the Court to take the case to clarify the appropriate standard for strip searches of children in juvenile detention centers.

Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
U.S. Supreme Court •

Juvenile Law Center was co-counsel in Montgomery v. Louisiana, a case recently decided by the U.S. Supreme Court holding that Miller v. Alabama (2012) applies retroactively to individuals serving mandatory juvenile life without parole sentences.

Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania •

Argued that sentences of life without the possibility of parole for juveniles convicted of homicide are unconstitutional in light of Miller and that Miller applies retroactively.

Juvenile Sex Offender Registry (SORNA)
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania •

Argued that Pennsylvania's Sex Offender Registration Notification Act (SORNA), which requires youth to register on a sex offender registry for life, violates youths' rights under various provisions of the Pennsylvania and United States Constitutions, as well as Pennsylvania's Juvenile Act.