Juvenile Justice Project files amicus brief in Court of Appeals

Laurence M. Katz Professor of Law Jane Murphy reports that students and faculty in UB’s Juvenile Justice Project clinic filed an amicus curiae brief in the Maryland Court of Appeals in four cases challenging the life sentences of four people convicted of crimes as juveniles.

Read the amicus brief from the Juvenile Justice Project.

The Juvenile Justice Project joined the law schools at the University of Maryland and American University, as well as Philadelphia’s Juvenile Law Center and the ACLU of Maryland, in filing briefs that support the claim that life sentences with parole in Maryland are de facto life without parole sentences, since the governor must approve parole and has done so rarely in the last two decades.

The Court of Appeals’ decision in the cases may determine the fate of the almost 200 juvenile lifers in Maryland’s prisons, including several clients represented by the Juvenile Justice Project, Murphy said.

Oral argument is scheduled for Feb. 6 and a decision is expected in late spring.

Learn more about Professor Murphy and the Juvenile Justice Project.

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