Democracy Now: Accused Penn. Teen is Youngest Person Ever to Face Life Term

A Pennsylvania teenager accused of murder is facing the prospect of becoming the youngest person ever sentenced to life in prison without parole. Thirteen-year-old Jordan Brown is accused of fatally shooting his father’s pregnant fiancée as she slept in her home two years ago. Brown was 11 years old at the time. The judge in the case reportedly ordered Brown to be tried as an adult after he refused to plead guilty. Defense attorneys say the ruling violates Brown’s right to be presumed innocent. Amnesty International has criticized the trial, saying, “It is shocking that anyone this young could face life imprisonment without parole, let alone in a country which labels itself as a progressive force for human rights.”

~ by wheresthemic on January 27, 2011.

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