Monday, August 26, 2013

Prosecutors Ask State Supreme Court to Review Jordan Brown Decision

The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office has asked the state Supreme Court to review the case of Jordan Brown, a Lawrence County teenager who was 11 years old when he was charged in the 2009 killing of his father's pregnant fiancée, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The case has been reviewed twice by the Superior Court, once overturning a trial court's decision not transferring the case to juvenile court and a second time ruling the court abused its discretion in arriving at an adjudication of delinquency.

State prosecutors filed the petition last week, asking the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to examine the Jordan Brown case after the state's Superior Court denied state attorneys' request to rehear the case last month.

Jordan was adjudicated delinquent in April 2012 in the homicides of Kenzie Houk, 26, and her unborn child and placed in a secure juvenile facility. Prosecutors said he shot her in the back of the head while she slept in their New Beaver farmhouse.

The story attracted international attention and interest from juvenile justice advocates at the time because Jordan was first charged as a adult. If convicted as an adult he would have been one of the youngest persons in the nation to faced mandatory life in prison.  Mandatory life in prison for juveniles was subsequently ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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