Appeals Update #4 — The Juvenile Law Center Asks to Join the Appeals

The Juvenile Law Center has submitted an amici curiae in the appeals of Blake Layman and Levi Sparks.  As we mentioned yesterday an “amici curiae” is when a “person or group who is not a party to a lawsuit, but has a strong interest in the matter, will petition the court for permission to submit a brief in the action with the intent of influencing the court’s decision.”

The Juvenile Law Center is based out of Pennsylvania.   Their website states,

As a national public interest law firm, Juvenile Law Center has represented thousands of children as well as participated in numerous cases in federal and state courts to challenge laws, policies, or practices that harm children or to enforce children’s rights. Appearing in more than 35 states and jurisdictions since 1975 as counsel, co-counsel, or amicus curiae or as consultants and trainers, we have been at the forefront of nationwide reforms for children involved in our courts and other public systems.

The Juvenile Law Center is being represented by Indiana lawyer Scott Bieniek.

We are still awaiting to see if the Appeals Court accepts the amici curiae filed by The Juvenile Law Center and The Indiana Public Defenders Council.

There is no doubt that the amici curiae’s brief will focus on the juvenile justice issues raised by the convictions of Blake Layman and Levi Sparks.