Children and the Law Posts

Minnesota School District Settles Free Speech Lawsuit

The Star Tribune recently reported that the Edina school board has settled a lawsuit filed against the school district by five high school students and their parents. The suit alleged the school district violated the students’ First Amendment rights by refusing to sponsor and later disbanding their Young Conservatives Club.

Louisiana’s public defenders face financial burden with new juvenile prisoner law

A state law that went into effect this year makes juveniles given life sentences eligible for parole after serving 25 years and meeting certain educational requirements. In extreme cases however, district attorneys can block access parole during a new sentencing hearing if the juvenile lifer is considered the “worst of the worst” and unable to be rehabilitated.