SUCCESS!! Smoke and Apple Films Achieve Their Crowdfunding Goal


Congratulations to the film makers at Smoke and Apple Films who have successfully raised over $40 000 to help with the production of No Place For Children.  No Place of Children is a documentary currently in production that will feature the story of Blake Layman of the Elkhart 4.  The funds raised will be used to hire an editor, do

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Blake Layman’s Brief to the Appeals Court


For the appeals Blake Layman is being represented by Cara Schaefer Wieneke and Joel C. Wieneke from the Wieneke Law Offices in Plainfield Indiana. According to the website of the Wieneke Law Offices both Joel and Cara clerked at the Indiana Court of Appeals and “aided in the drafting of over 250 judicial opinions”. Since working for the Court of

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No Place For Children — Kickstarter Campaign


A campaign has been started at Kickstarter to raise money to fund further production of the upcoming documentary No Place for Children which focuses on the juvenile justice system in the United States.   One of the stories heavily featured in the documentary is the Elkhart 4 with a specific focus on Blake Layman.  The movie is being produced by

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Appeals Update 9 – The Second Amicus Brief In Support of Layman and Sparks


  The second amicus brief filed in support of Levi Sparks and Blake Layman is a collaborative effort by The Juvenile Law Center, The Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth and the Children’s Law Center. These organisations have been active for a number of years and file amicus briefs nation wide in important cases involving juvenile justice.  These organisations were

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The Mysterious Workings of the Adolescent Brain


This TED lecture video about the adolescent brain has been referred to in some of the court briefs regarding The Elkhart 4.  In this video Sarah-Jayne Blakemore discusses some recent research into the workings of the adolescent brain.  The lecture took place in June 2012 in Edinburgh Scotland.   Thanks to UltimateYouthWorker for this brief biography of Sarah-Jayne Blakemore Sarah-Jayne

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