Cozen O’Connor: 'Juvenile Lifers' Await Chance for Freedom 6 Months After Ruling

'Juvenile Lifers' Await Chance for Freedom 6 Months After Ruling

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Hayes Hunt, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, discusses his pro bono client Tyrone Jones on NBC10. It's been six months since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that some 2,500 "juvenile lifers" could seek a chance at parole for their childhood crimes, but only a few aging inmates have walked out of prison. One of the two Philadelphia men re-sentenced so far, Tyrone Jones, is eligible for parole after receiving a new sentence of 35 years to life. Jones, 59, has also pursued innocence claims over the years, saying his confession in a 1973 gang-related shooting was coerced. That could be a Catch-22 if the parole board wants to hear remorse. "You can't apologize for something you didn't do," said Hayes. "We are confident and hopeful the parole board will understand."

 

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