Juvenile Sentencing

The Second Circuit upheld a 55-year sentence imposed on a defendant who was 15 years old when he was involved in four “execution-style” murders of rival gang members as a member of the MS-13 gang. While the length of the sentence is “especially harsh” for such a young defendant, it was legally reasonable because of how “especially heinous” the killings were.

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Excessive Force

A federal court in Texas ruled that excessive force and fabrication of evidence claims may continue against two police officers who shot, without warning, an armed juvenile who had a gun to his own head. The officers shot the boy multiple times and, as an “involuntary reflex to being shot,” the boy pulled the trigger of his own gun, shooting himself in the temple.

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Empire Filming

A federal court in Illinois denied class certification to youths detained at a Cook County juvenile detention center who say they were required to remain in their living quarters and received delayed responses to medical issues while the television show “Empire” was filming at the facility. The court finds that the current class definition is overbroad.

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