January 3, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled 5-1 last week that the requirement that all sex offenders who were juveniles at the time of their crimes must remain on the Megan's Law Registry for life is unconstitutional. The court upheld a 2013 decision by a York County judge that struck down portions of ...[read more]
June 27, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday condemned Iran's use of the death penalty for juvenile offenders and called on authorities to halt the announced execution of Razieh Ebrahimi. Ebrahimi, who was legally married to her then-28-year-old husband when she was 14, was ...[read more]
October 31, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that juvenile murderers who were subject to mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole will not be resentenced if their cases were final before June 2012. The US Supreme Court ruled last year in Miller v. Alabama that the Eighth ...[read more]
October 21, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
Three companies behind private juvenile detention and treatment facilities involved in a northeastern Pennsylvania juvenile justice scandal have settled a civil lawsuit for $2.5 million. The scandal involved two former judges for the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas, Mark Ciavarella Jr. and ...[read more]
July 31, 2013
by G. Redd
The First Department of the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division on Tuesday uphled the lower court's March ruling that a municipal agency cannot ban large portions of sugary drinks. Although the court conceded that over-consumption of high sugar content beverages is directly related to ...[read more]
June 20, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On June 20, 2008, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that juvenile criminal defendants have a constitutionally protected right to a jury trial in the state, reversed a 1984 ruling by the same court. The court found that under the then-recently revised Kansas Juvenile Justice Code, juvenile proceedings ...[read more]
May 25, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Friday upheld the conviction and 28-year sentence for former Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. In February 2011 Ciavarella was convicted by a jury in the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania of ...[read more]
March 4, 2013
by Alison Sacriponte
Yemen's government should stop seeking and carrying out the death penalty for child offenders, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report on Monday. The report found that since 2007 Yemen executed at least 15 men and women who were under 18 at the time of their offense. HRW urged President Abdu ...[read more]
February 10, 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Sunday that Afghanistan needs to take steps to ensure that its laws protect victims of sexual abuse and do not result in their prosecution. HRW is calling for this reform following a recent court decision which convicted a 13-year-old boy and sentenced him to one ...[read more]
January 31, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ruled Wednesday that sentencing juveniles to life in prison without parole is unconstitutional. Judge John Corbett O'Meara found that last year's Supreme Court decision in Miller v. Alabama, which held that mandatory life ...[read more]

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