Actus Reus

ac·tus re·us \ˈak-təs-ˈrē-əs, ˈäk-tu̇s-ˈrā-u̇s\

noun : the wrongful act that makes up the physical action of a crime

Latin: guilty act

Delaware Law School Criminal Defense Clinic wins release for client formerly sentenced to life in prison

Congratulations to the Delaware Law School Criminal Defense Clinic, which recently won a major victory on behalf of a juvenile client who was sentenced to life in prison without parole when he was 16 years old. After the United States Supreme Court decided Miller v. Alabama and Montgomery v. Louisiana, which collectively held that no child can be sentenced to mandatory life in prison without the possibility of parole, the Delaware Law School Criminal Defense Clinic handled the resentencing process for this client, who has been incarcerated for 34 years. After resentencing, the client became eligible for parole. The clinic then advocated on his behalf before the parole board, and this past weekend their client became one of the first four former Juvenile Life Without Parole defendants to be granted parole. He is due to be released later this month.

Many congratulations to Professor Judith Ritter, supervising attorney Romie Griesmer, the many student attorneys who worked on this case, and especially their client.

 

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