Originally posted on My Blog Women in Jail:
http://sentencing.typepad.com/sentencing_law_and_policy/2012/07/iowa-gov-uses-clemency-power-to-devise-astute-sinister-response-to-miller-for-juve-lwopers.html (read here whole article)
July 16, 2012
Iowa Gov uses clemency power to devise (astute? sinister?) response to Miller for juve LWOPers
A helpful reader from Iowa alerted me to this notable story from the Hawkeye State, headlined “Branstad commutes life sentences for 38 Iowa juvenile murderers.” Here are the interesting details of how one state’s governor is taking the lead in responding to last month’s SCOTUS ruling in Miller:
Gov. Terry Branstad commuted the life sentences of 38 juveniles Monday, giving them mandatory 60-year prison terms instead. The governor’s action comes in response to last month’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Miller v. Alabama, in which the court ruled that states could not require life sentences without the possibility of parole for juveniles found guilty of first-degree murder.
The ruling raised the possibility that anyone…
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