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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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Top Juvenile Justice Lawyer and Advocate Joins the Case of the Elkhart 4


  As we have already reported the Juvenile Law Center filed an amicus curiae in support of the appeals of Levi Sparks and Blake Layman. The Court of Appeals for Indiana approved this week an amendment to the amicus curiae submitted by the Juvenile Law Center in support of Layman and Sparks. What is significant about this amendment is that

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Constitutional Issues Raised By The Case of The Elkhart 4


In previous articles we have looked at the text of the Indiana Felony Murder Rule.  Specifically, our article Is Curtis Hill Using the Case of The Elkhart 4 to Expand the Felony Murder Rule in Indiana, focuses on this law.  In that article we stressed our concern with the ambiguous wording of the law.  In today’s article we are going to look

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Twitter Goes Crazy as The Dr. Phil Episode on The Elkhart 4 is Taped


There was heated debate and strong messages of support on Twitter as a special episode of The Dr. Phil show was filmed in California.  The episode which focuses on the felony murder convictions of Blake Layman, Levi Sparks, Anthony Sharp and Jose Quiroz should air soon.  We will keep you updated. Here are a very few of the hundreds of

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Most Felony Murder Laws In The USA Would Not Apply To The Elkhart 4


  In December 2011, 18 year old Dakota Givens and 18-year-old James Sands decided to break into a store in Weirton West Virginia.  The two teens adjusted the store security cameras to prevent recording of their illegal entry into the building.  Dakota Givens was half way through the window when the son of the storeowner shot and killed him. Hancock

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Déjà Vu — Another Similar Case, Another Different Result


Here is another startling example of how the harshness of the prosecution in The Elkhart 4 case is not reflective of other similar cases nation wide.  Thanks to Steve Drizin for letting us know about this case.  If anyone knows of other examples of similar cases please let us know by using the contact form at the bottom of this

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The Elkhart 4 Goes National — Thanks Huffington Post


A fantastic editorial about The Elkhart 4 hit the national press today.  We are really excited to see the story gaining national attention.  Click here to read the editorial written by law professor Steve Drizin from the Northwestern University School of Law.  (We here at http://www.FreeTheElkhart4.com thank the Huffington Post for linking to our site!) The Article — The Elkhart Four and

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One Year On — Three Questions Curtis Hill Does Not Want Us Asking


It has been exactly one year since the case of The Elkhart 4 began.  On October 3, 2012 Blake Layman (age 16) Jose Quiroz (age 16), Anthony Sharp (age 18) and Danzele Johnson (age 21) decided to break into a house in the middle of the afternoon.  They knocked on doors and found a house where no one answered.  Believing

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