US child appeals against being tried for murder as an adult
by Ed Pilkington in New York
Jordan Brown, who was 11 when he allegedly killed his father’s pregnant fiancee, could face life sentence with no parole
Lawyers for a child in Pennsylvania who was 11 when he allegedly shot and killed his father’s pregnant fiancee attempted today to persuade an appeals court not to try him as an adult under America’s harsh system of juvenile justice.
Unless the lawyers for Jordan Brown who is now aged 13, can convince the judges to change tack, he will be tried in adult court and if convicted will serve an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole. He would become the youngest child in US history to be sentenced to be incarcerated forever.
The US is the only country where juveniles are serving life imprisonment without parole under the so-called “life means life” policy. Only the US and Somalia have refused to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which rules out life sentences with no chance of release for crimes committed before the age of 18.