CHARDON, Ohio – A judge affirmed the Geauga County Common Pleas Court ruling that sent TJ Lane to prison for three life terms for the 2012 Chardon High School shooting.
Lane’s attorney challenged an Ohio law that allowed his case to be transferred from juvenile court to adult court, a statute also being challenged in an unrelated case pending before the Ohio Supreme Court involving a 16-year-old sent to prison.
The law requires the transfer to adult court if a juvenile is 16 or 17, accused of one of the most severe offenses, and there is probable cause to believe he committed that act.
Lane’s appeal said that violates the right to due process “because it prohibits the court from making any individualized determination of the appropriateness of the transfer of a particular child’s case to adult court.”
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