Monday, June 25, 2012

Supreme Court rules mandatory life sentences for juveniles unconstitutional

JURIST - Paper Chase
[JURIST] The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 5-4 [opinion, PDF] in two combined cases that mandatory life sentences for juveniles violate the Eighth Amendment [text] prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. In Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs [SCOTUSblog backgrounders], the court was asked to consider the life sentences of two 14-year-old boys who, after being convicted of murder, were sentenced to life in prison based on a statutory mandate. The sentencing judge had no authority to give...
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