Tagged: Life Without Parole (LWOP)

Juvenile Life without Parole Sentences Unconstitutional

On November 12, 2014, the South Carolina Supreme Court decided Aiken et. al. v. Byars, holding life without parole sentences for crimes committed by juveniles are unconstitutional, unless the sentencing court convened a sentencing hearing and considered all mitigating circumstances, as mandated by the Supreme Court of the United States in Miller v. Alabama.  Charles Grose […]

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Special Concerns Involving Juvenile Sex Offender Registration

Special concerns involving juvenile sex offender registration include (A) the procedural safeguards offered a juvenile prior to adjudication and (B) imposing a lifetime registration requirement despite the extraordinary capacity of juveniles for rehabilitation. A.  Procedural Safeguards Offered a Juvenile Prior to Adjudication.  Whether a state can require lifetime juvenile sex offender registration without offering a […]

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Taylor v. State: Tread Carefully When Facing Charges in Multiple Counties

On June 19, 2013, the South Carolina Supreme decided the Post Conviction Relief (PCR) case of Taylor v. State and, in the process, approved a life without parole (LWOP) sentence for a man who would have been better served to resolve all of his charges in multiple counties at the same time. Taylor had charges […]

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