Hundreds of individuals sentenced as juveniles to life in prison received disappointing news earlier this month when the nation’s highest court refused to take up the issue of whether a law doing away with mandatory life imprisonment without parole for juveniles applies retroactively. That law was spelled out in a Supreme Court case in 2012 out of Alabama. The case did not say whether it applied retroactively.
Readers are likely already aware of Pennsylvania’s Implied Consent Law, under which motorists are assumed to have given consent to the performance of chemical testing to allow authorities to determine their level of intoxication. The implied consent law does not mean that a suspected drunk-driver may not refuse chemical testing, but it does prescribe automatic penalties for refusal.