Opportunity to Hear Oral Arguments at the MA Supreme Judicial Court on juvenile sentencing – 09/04

As some of you may be aware, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) will be hearing oral arguments this week on two cases involving juvenile sentencing, in light of the Supreme Court decision that mandatory live without parole for juveniles is unconstitutional.   One regards the retroactivity possibility, and the other involves the appropriate sentence that should be imposed.

If you would like to attend, the cases will be heard THIS WEDNESDAY (9/4)  at approximately 9:30 and 10:00 AM.   CYA co-President Hannah Scoville plans to attend, and to arrive around 9:00, when the first case of the day will be called.   If you can’t attend in person, there is also a simultaneous webcast available live at http://www2.suffolk.edu/sjc/.   The arguments will also be archived there.
A brief summary of the cases follows:
SJC-11453
Diatchenko v. District Attorney for the Suffolk District
Juvenile Offenders; Constitutional Law– Whether a 2012 Supreme Court decision that a sentence of life without parole for a juvenile offender violates the Eighth Amendment applies to a 1981 conviction.
SJC-11454
Commonwealth v. Brown (SJC-11454)
Juvenile Offenders; Sentencing– This case concerns the appropriate sentence for a juvenile convicted of first-degree murder after a 2012 Supreme Court decision that a sentence of life without parole for a juvenile offender violates the Eighth Amendment where the offense occurred prior to the Supreme Court decision. 
If anyone is interested in attending as a group (i.e. meeting at the courthouse to try to sit together), feel free to contact Hannah at hscoville@jd14.law.harvard.edu.
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