Juvenile Law Center briefed the issue of whether the Congress intended the Military Commissions Act to have jurisdiction over juveniles. The juveniles in question have been held at Guantanamo Bay and subject to interrogation and physical and psychological abuse.
Argued that the court should recognize a youth’s constitutional right to a jury trial when he faces public sex offender registration upon conviction of sex offenses under Kansas’ juvenile court statute.
Texas capital sentencing statute that prevented juries from considering evidence of childhood trauma found unconstitutional in that it precluded giving consideration and effect to relevant mitigating evidence.
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.
These briefs involved a thirteen-year-old student who was questioned by four adults, including a uniformed police officer, on school grounds regarding a series of break-ins. Juvenile Law Center argued that the student should have been considered in custody for Miranda purposes.
Supreme Court held the execution of juveniles unconstitutional. Juvenile Law Center’s brief argued the developmental differences between adolescents and adults in critical areas, including impulse control and understanding consequences.
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