TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Jan 25, 2016

A U.S. Supreme Court decision will extend an earlier ruling from 2012 that struck down automatic life terms with no chance of parole for teenage killers, the Associated Press reports. The 6-3 ruling – in favor of a Louisiana man who was 17 when he killed a deputy – means more than 1,000 inmates will get a chance to seek their freedom. In dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia said the ruling "is just a devious way of eliminating life without parole for juvenile offenders."