Juveniles Facing Life in Prison Challenging Sentencing Based Upon Cruel and Unusual Punishment Provision of United States Constitution
It was reported in the Los Angeles Daily Journal recently that there are over 2,000 juveniles in custody facing life sentences without the possibility of parole in the United States at this time. Two cases pending before the United States Supreme Court challenge the constitutionality of these harsh sentences for juvenile crimes.
In 2005, the US Supreme Court ruled that a person could not be executed if they were found guilty of committing a crime prior to their 18th birthday. It was deemed by the court, in Roper vs. Simmons, that to execute a juvenile was “cruel and unusual punishment and thus banned by the constitution. The five justice majority, in an opinion by Justice Kennedy relied upon “international norms and foreign practices” in its ruling.
Now the same types of arguments are being made on behalf of two juveniles who face life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. One of the defendants in the pending case was 13 years old at the time his crime was committed.
Wallin and Klarich will closely monitor these two cases and report on the outcome.
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