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California's Juvenile LWOP Law Modified but Upheld: The California Supreme Court has modified a long-standing interpretation of the law regarding life-without-parole sentences for juveniles who commit crimes that would be capital if committed by adults.  With that modification, the Court rejected the defendant's argument that the law is unconstitutional. The decision in the joined cases of People v. Gutierrez and People v. Moffett is here.  Henry K. Lee of the San Francisco Chronicle reports on the Bay Area case. Andrew Moffett was four days short of 18 years old when he and a friend committed an armed robbery that resulted in the fatal shooting of Pittsburg Police Officer Larry Lasater.  Moffett's accomplice, who was 18 at the time of the crime, was sentenced to death.  Because of his age, Moffett was not eligible for a death sentence.  In June of 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that murderers under the age of 18 at the time of the crime could not receive a mandatory sentence of LWOP, and overturned state laws that require that sentence without giving judges the discretion to choose a lesser one.  California law was thought to provide a presumption for LWOP for juveniles convicted of a murder which would make an adult eligible for the death penalty.  The Court held that there was no presumption but ordered Moffett's resentencing to assure that the judge exercised complete discretion.  CJLF filed this amicus brief in the case on behalf of Officer Lasater's family.

OK Law Helps to Solve Kidnapping Case: An Oklahoma store clerk is being credited with helping police arrest a kidnapping suspect after the man was acting strangely in his store.  When the man was purchasing coloring books and crayons, the clerk saw the words 'sex offender' printed on his driver's license and called authorities, who later found him with an 8-year-old girl.  Lori Fullbright of News 6 reports that an Oklahoma law requires habitual or aggravated sex offenders to have the words stamped on their driver's license.  33-year-old Michael Slatton, who had been previously convicted of sexual battery, was arrested and charged with kidnapping, lewd molestation of a minor and injury to a minor.  He is being held in lieu of $1.5 million bond.

Prosecutor Outraged Over Rapist's Sentence: A recent decision made by a Dallas judge to sentence an admitted rapist to just 5 years probation based on her belief that the victim was lying, has outraged the city's top prosecutor, who is concerned about the chilling effect the sentence may have on other rape victims who may be apprehensive about coming forward.  The Associated Press reports that the judge initially sentenced 20-year-old Sir Young to 250 hours of community service at a rape crisis center, but the crisis center rejected his service, prompting the judge to instead sentence him to just five years of probation.  Young will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and will spend 45 days in jail as a condition of his probation.

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