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Third Circuit Rules Ban On Life Without Parole For Juveniles Could Apply Retroactively

The Washington Post reports that three men sentenced as juveniles to serve life without parole might be able to make the case to trial-court judges that their sentences should be adjusted:  "The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said there was at least some reason to think last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Miller v. Alabama, throwing out mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles, should be applied retroactively. The court stressed its decision is tentative and made under a standard that means there is enough possible merit to warrant a full exploration of the matter. The defendants must still convince the district judges they should be resentenced."

A circuit split might be developing on whether Miller applies retroactively, which could set up another decision for the U.S. Supreme Court to make, the paper also reported.

Circuit Split On Mandated Contraception Coverage Reaches U.S. Supreme Court

Two separate cases have reached the U.S. Supreme Court seeking certiorari on the mandate that all health insurance cover contraception and other means of ending pregnancies. The Tenth Circuit sided with an employer opposing providing such coverage, while the Third Circuit sided against an employer, according to this clip from The Cardinal Newman Society, which promotes Catholicism. The stage is now set for a circuit split on the tension between women's reproductive rights and religious beliefs.

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