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US Supreme Court to Consider Juvenile LWOP Cases!

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

For the third time in recent years, the Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider putting a limit on the severity of punishment for youths who commit serious crimes before they are 18 years old. Two youths who were 14-year-olds at the time of their crimes — one in Alabama, the other in Arkansas — have asked the Justices to rule that it is unconstitutional to impose on a minor a sentence of life in prison without a chance for parole in a murder case.  In one of the cases, there is an added claim that such a sentence may not be imposed if the youth did not personally kill the victim or intend that someone be killed. From SCOTUS Blog, 11/7/11, retrieved 11/8/11 to read more go to: http://www.scotusblog.com/2011/11/new-review-on-youths-punishment/