Offenders In “Lesser Homicide” Cases May Challenge “No Parole” Terms


Attorneys for juvenile offenders sentenced to life in prison without parole (LWOP) for a killing that was not first-degree murder may argue that the logic and language of yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on LWOP readily extend to cases involving lesser homicides, says Ohio State University law Prof. Doug Berman.

Berman speculates that the high court handed down its LWOP opinion on the same day as one that “sexually dangerous” perisoners can be locked up indefinitely for public relations reasons, so that the public would think “the Supreme Court is being pretty sensible” in the sex offender case before learning that teenagers cannot be “locked up for life with no chance of parole if they haven’t killed anyone.”

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