Breaking news: Thomas v Stitt, 20-CV-00944-D.
The 10th Circuit this morning released an unpublished opinion REVERSING a pro se defendant’s denial to proceed on his petition seeking relief to declare Oklahoma’s parole process for juvenile offenders sentenced to life unconstitutional. His claim (that the State of Oklahoma will now have to actually defend) is that Oklahoma, through the parole system, does not provide meaningful and realistic opportunity for release of juvenile offenders convicted of murder and sentenced to life.
This man was convicted for murder in 1997. He was 15. Despite his conduct in prison, he has never made it past a stage one jacket review.
Will keep you posted on any further developments!
If you are interested in reading his Complaint, or the 10th Circuit opinion, drop me an e-mail at [email protected] and I'd be happy to forward.