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IN THE PENNSYLVANIA APPELLATE COURTS:

COMMONWEALTH V. BATTS
By Shannon K. McDonald, Esquire

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n a legal decision that has made shockingly little
press, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has
finally spoken on the issue of juvenile life without
parole sentences (LWOP). Emphasis on finally, since
this case has been to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
twice and since the United States Supreme Court stated
unequivocally in 2012 (Miller v. Alabama) that life
without parole should almost never be handed out to
juvenile offenders, and that the vagaries of youth must be
accounted for. Further, the United States Supreme Court
spoke again in 2016, ordering that the decision must be
applied retroactively, forcing Pennsylvania to reverse
course and look to the hundreds of juveniles it had
committed to life without parole sentences. Pennsylvania
continues to resist this standard, up until this decision,



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