Fifteen years after ruling that states could execute murderers as young as 16 or 17, the Supreme Court has agreed to re-examine the issue. The justices granted review in Roper v. Simmons, in which Missouri's high court, in the wake of the Supreme Court's Atkins ruling, set aside the death sentence of a man who was 17 when he killed a woman. The Supreme Court also unanimously decided an important Miranda case in favor of criminal defendants.
Supreme Court to Revisit Juvenile Execution Issue
January 27, 2004
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