Friday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

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Arkansas Inmate [Jackson] Whose Case Helped Prompt US High Court Juvenile Sentencing Ruling Gets New Hearing, The Washington Post

Kuntrell Jackson . . . was sentenced to life in prison when he was 14 after the shooting death of a store clerk during an attempted robbery in 1999.  The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday, April 25, 2013, ordered a new sentencing hearing for Jackson, whose case was one of two that led to a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year throwing out mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles.

Felony Charges Filed in School Bomb Threats, The Cincinnati Enquirer

Last week’s spate of school bomb threats has led to felony charges for its young alleged perpetrators.  They have been charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, a Class C felony, Kenton County Attorney Garry Edmondson said Wednesday.

He wouldn’t speculate about what the accused hoaxers could receive as a sentence, if found guilty. “It’s juvenile court, which is different than what you’d normally see, but the consequences will be serious,” he said.

13 Corrections Officers Indicted in Maryland Accused of Aiding Gang’s Drug Scheme, The Washington Post

More than a dozen Maryland state prison guards helped a dangerous national gang operate a drug-trafficking and money-laundering scheme from behind bars that involved cash payments, sex and access to fancy cars, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Thirteen female corrections officers essentially handed over control of a Baltimore jail to gang leaders, prosecutors said. The officers were charged Tuesday in a federal racketeering indictment.

The indictment described a jailhouse seemingly out of control. Four corrections officers became pregnant by one inmate. Two of them got tattoos of the inmate’s first name, Tavon — one on her neck, the other on a wrist.

The guards allegedly helped leaders of the Black Guerilla Family run their criminal enterprise in jail by smuggling cellphones, prescription pills and other contraband in their underwear, shoes and hair. One gang leader allegedly used proceeds to buy luxury cars, including a Mercedes-Benz and a BMW, which he allowed some of the officers to drive.

“The inmates literally took over ‘the asylum,’ and the detention centers became safe havens for BGF,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt, using shorthand for the prison gang’s name.

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