States React with Hearings, Orders on U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Juvenile Life Sentences

Just after the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated some 2,400 life sentences given to juveniles nationwide, Iowa’s governor responded with commuting the 38 cases in his state to minimum 60-year sentences. The response was different in Pennsylvania, where the state Legislature is speeding to comply with the court’s Miller v. Alabama order for judicial discretion. “First degree murder is an intentional and premeditated crime and those who are found guilty are dangerous and should be kept off the streets and out of our communities,” reads a statement by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, issued Jul. 18. It came with his Executive Order commuting mandatory life without parole sentences handed to 38 Iowa juveniles to 60 mandatory years then a possibility of parole.

Star Georgia Tailback Arrested on Weapon Charges


UPDATED: University of Georgia football head coach Mark Richt announced Friday that Crowell had been dismissed from the team. Popular University of Georgia football player Isaiah Crowell was arrested Friday morning and charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor. His bond was set at $7,500 and he remains in Athens-Clarke County Jail. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the sophomore from Columbus, Ga. was booked at 3:37 a.m. and charged with carrying a concealed weapon, a misdemeanor, and felony possession of a weapon in a school zone.