The decision — related to excessive sanctions and the precept of justice that punishment for crimes should be graduated and proportioned — could have the biggest impact here in Pennsylvania.
Von Combs, 14 at the time of the murder and believed to be the lookout, was tried as a juvenile and convicted of second-degree murder.
Three juveniles, ages 17, 16, and 11, were in court on Thursday to make “admissions” — in the juvenile justice system, the equivalent to a guilty plea.
The state house judiciary committee held a hearing this past week in Philadelphia on the practice of sentencing juveniles to life in prison, without parole. At issue is whether juvenile lifers should get a shot […]
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