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John Burkoff on Supreme Court's Juvenile Life Without Parole Sentencing Case

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June 26, 2012

Professor John Burkoff commented on Monday's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court striking down mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles.  The Court said that such mandatory life sentences violate the Consitution's Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment.  The decision will require revision of Pennsylvania law.  Professor Burkoff said that the Court's point, in this and other recent cases involving juveniles, is that children are "different from adults both in the ways that they can be influenced and in their potential for change."  

Read the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article here.

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