SCOTUS Rules on Murders Committed by Juveniles

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 (and you know who voted how) that a mandatory sentence of life without parole for those who commit murder when under 18 is cruel and unusual punishment  and therefore unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment.  Back in 2005, the Court ruled against the death penalty for minors who commit murder.

Today’s cases were Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs, both involving plaintiffs who were 14 at the time they committed murder.

3 comments on “SCOTUS Rules on Murders Committed by Juveniles

  1. Roni Jordan says:

    Wonder how this will affect Edward O’Brien, convicted in 2006 and sentenced to life for the murder of his friend’s mother – he was 15 at the time. Stabbed her about 98 times.

  2. Roni Jordan says:

    Actually it was 1995, my date was off.

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