Tuesday, May 12, 2009

US Supreme Court to Review Two Decisions from the First DCA

As discussed on the SCOTUS Blog, the US Supreme Court granted cert and agreed to review two decisions from the First DCA. The SCOTUS Blog posted the followng information:

Title: Graham v. Florida
Docket: 08-7412
Issue: Whether the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishments prohibits the imprisonment of a juvenile for life without the possibility of parole as punishment for the juvenile’s commission of non-homicide.
Opinion below (District Court of Appeal of Florida, First District)
Petition for certiorari
Brief in opposition

Title: Sullivan v. Florida
Docket: 08-7621
Issue: Does imposition of a life without parole sentence on a thirteen-year-old for a non-homicide violate the prohibition on cruel and unusual punishments under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments, where the freakishly rare imposition of such a sentence reflects a national consensus on the reduced criminal culpability of children?
Petition for certiorari
Brief in opposition
Petitioner’s reply


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