Monday, March 12, 2012

Next Week SCOTUS hears Juvenile Life Without Parole

Next week the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in two cases involving men sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for separate killings committed when they were 14-years-old.

The cases are Jackson v. Hobbs, No. 10-9647 and Miller v. Alabama, No. 10-9646.  Kuntrell Jackson is an Arkansas man who was 14 when he an two older co-defendants tried to rob a video store in 1999.  Jackson's co-defendant shot and killed the store clerk.  Evan Miller is an Alabama prisoner who was 14 in 2003 when he and an older youth beat and killed a 53-year-old neighbor after an evening of drinking and smoking marijuana. 

The argument is scheduled for March 20.

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