Missouri ignores US Supreme Court ruling requiring resentencing of prisoners given life without parole as juveniles

Posted: July 21, 2017 in Uncategorized

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How can a ruling by the highest court in the land be ignored and disregarded?

Moorbey'z Blog

by Cedric ‘G-Boy’ Clerk

I am currently serving life without parole in the Missouri Department of Corrections. I have been incarcerated since the age of 15.

I’m being held under an unconstitutional sentence along with 80-plus others who were sentenced to life without parole as juveniles (JLWOP). In June 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court found it unconstitutional to sentence a juvenile to life without parole, according to Miller v. State of Alabama (2012). We must be taken back in front of our respective courts and be resentenced.

I’m being held under an unconstitutional sentence along with 80-plus others who were sentenced to life without parole as juveniles (JLWOP).

In August 2016, Missouri passed Senate Bill 590, which states that those who fall under Miller v. Alabama can “petition” for parole after 25 years of incarceration. Still we are being held with life without parole sentences. How can we possibly make…

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Comments
  1. auntyuta says:

    I reblogged : “The Criminalized Majority” another blog by Moorbey’z
    I wonder, whether there is a more or less ‘silent’ majority, as well as a ‘criminalized’ majority and an outspoken minority (on the whole very well educated), and then there is the ‘ruling class’ determining everything that is allowed or disallowed no matter what the courts’ decision might be.

  2. I think that’s probably true, Aunty. In the US the ruling elite is above the law. There’s growing evidence it’s always been that way – that ordinary Americans are only just learning this reality, in large part thanks to the Internet.

  3. “How can a ruling by the highest court in the land be ignored and disregarded?”

    If it is not enforced, then it will be disregarded. Something more has to be done to FORCE states to comply. Fine them millions, if necessary, but make it so that it hurts them financially in some way and they’ll hop to it. The Feds should have been called in to make sure that the Supreme Court’s law was enforced, at the very least.

    This is just all so unbelievable and SO wrong! We all know that these laws disproportionately affect minorities. Hence, the reasons for them.

  4. I, too, found this really unbelievable, Shelby. I guess the first step is to gain access to the information. The next step is for social justice activists in Missouri to organize and make life miserable for state legislators who allow this situation to continue. One tactic that I’ve seen work really well is to find out where they live and camp out at their house. With Trump in the White House and the Republicans controlling Congress, I don’t have much confidence in the federal government doing anything about this problem.

  5. Lara/Trace says:

    Slavery never ended here. Just morphed into profit prison.

  6. You are so right, Lara. African Americans were a great source of cheap labor during the post war industrial boom. When the Wall Street elite decided to move US factories overseas, they were transitioned into the prison factory system.

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