A new clinic at Cornell Law School is focusing on juveniles sentenced to life without parole in South Carolina. The Juvenile Justice Clinic was inspired by the U.S. Supreme Court’s September decision in Miller v. Alabama, 132 S. Ct. 2455, in which the high court ruled that the Eighth Amendment prohibited mandatory sentences of life without parole for juvenile offenders convicted of homicide. Seeing a lack of advocacy and resources in a post- Miller world for South Carolina juveniles, Cornell Law professor John Blume created the clinic along with professors Sheri Johnson and Keir Weyble. Blume has ties to the state.
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