Posts tagged Life imprisonment
Editor’s Note: Our Supreme Court Watch articles have thus far been written by the staff of Logarchism. Today’s article, though, is a contribution from Max aka Birdpilot. As always, we welcome your contributions.
Today, the Supreme Court hears arguments in the cases of Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs. The cases hinge on the basis of whether juveniles convicted of heinous crimes can be sentenced to life without parole. The Court has previously held in Graham v. Florida that juveniles cannot be sentenced to life without parole in cases involving non–homicide crimes. It has also previously held, in Roper v. Simmons that those committing capital offenses while under the age of 18 cannot be sentenced to death for those crimes. Both cases were decided on a 5–4 vote, with Justice Kennedy being the deciding factor. The decision of the Court in the Miller and Jackson cases should come by the end of the term in June. (more…)