WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled, by a 5-4 vote, unconstitutional mandatory sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole for people under age 18 when they committed murder in a ruling that could affect nearly 2,500 young prisoners.
- In the Alabama case, Evan Miller was convicted of murder. A 52-year-old neighbor was smoking marijuana and drinking with Miller and a 16-year-old boy. The two youths robbed the neighbor, beat him with a baseball bat and then set fire to his trailer, causing him to burn to death. See Miller v. Alabama, 10-9646.
- In the Arkansas case, Kuntrell Jackson received a sentence of life in prison in the shooting death of a video store clerk during an attempted robbery with two other teenagers in 1999. Another boy shot the clerk, and Jackson was convicted for his role as an accomplice. See Jackson v. Hobbs, 10-9647
For full article see: Teen murderers must get parole chance: Supreme Court
- At What Age Are Juveniles Old Enough To Face The Full Force Of The Law When They Commit Crimes? (“Kentucky Weighs Taking Softer Approach to Juvenile Crime” | Nathan Koppel (8/18/11) (vinhsulaw.wordpress.com)
- Court: No automatic life without parole for kids (miamiherald.com)
- A Cruel and Unusual Sentence for A Fourteen-Year-Old Murderer (newyorker.com)
- All juvenile defendants get narrow procedural Eighth Amendment win in Miller (sentencing.typepad.com)