December 12, 2013
(Dothan, AL)--The Supreme Court is ruling in favor of children that commit crime. They ruled that life without parole is unconstitutional for juveniles.
"It basically means states can no longer mandate life without a chance of parole for minors charged with murder," Houston County Attorney Doug Valeska said. "However, according to the latest ruling, judges should be able to make that determination on a case-by-case basis," he said.
Valeska said he is unsure if that means those who have been previously charged and placed on life without parole will have the opportunity to retry their case.
"We don't know if we have to go back and review all cases," Valeska said. "We're hoping to figure out how this new law will impact us soon," he said.
The supreme court came to the decision in the robbery and murder cases of Evan Miller and Kuntrell Jackson, who were 14 when they were convicted.