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December 18, 2014

Mark Wahlberg Has a Problem, and He's Not the Only One

posted by Marsha Levick, Deputy Director & Chief Counsel
Mark Wahlberg has a major problem stemming from his days as a minor. Now 43, he is asking Massachusetts' Governor Deval Patrick for a pardon for assaults committed as a troubled 16 year-old in Boston. "It would be formal recognition that someone like me can receive official public redemption if he devotes himself to personal improvement and a life of good works," said Wahlberg in an interview.
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December 15, 2014

Texas High Court Upholds Individualized Determinations for Youth Tried As Adults

posted by Juvenile Law Center News Team
The United States Supreme Court has repeatedly held that youth are categorically less mature in their decision-making, less culpable, and more capable of change than adults. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals recently affirmed a ruling vacating Cameron’s transfer to adult court, finding the record factually insufficient to justify the decision. The opinion criticized the juvenile court’s order for simply reciting the transfer statute and held that juvenile courts must do the “the heavy lifting” of demonstrating their reasons for transfer if they expect their decisions to be upheld on appeal.
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December 12, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court to Consider Whether Miller v. Alabama Applies Retroactively

posted by Juvenile Law Center News Team
Today, the United States Supreme Court granted review in Toca v. Louisiana, addressing the question of whether Miller v. Alabama applies retroactively to individuals serving mandatory juvenile life without parole sentences.
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