Wednesday, August 8, 2012
PA Court Trying to Respond to New Ruling by Supreme Court
Pennsylvania's highest court is moving quickly to determine how to respond to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles aren't constitutional. The state Supreme Court scheduled oral argument for September 13 in a pair of cases that will determine what to do about the hundreds of people already serving such sentences, as well as how to handle the issue going forward. The state Department of Corrections says 373 lifers were under age 18 at the time they were sentenced.