The Supreme Court appeared divided Monday over whether states violate the Constitution by imposing a sentence of life without parole on juveniles who commit nonhomicide offenses. The justices heard arguments in two separate cases from Florida in which lawyers argued that the sentences for their clients constitute cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment. Both lawyers relied heavily on the analysis in the Court's 2005 decision striking down the death penalty for juvenile murderers.
Supreme Court Grapples With Constitutionality of Juvenile Sentences
The National Law Journal
November 10, 2009