It was a newsy morning at the Supreme Court today, with four decisions, including a victory for the United States in a case argued by high court nominee Solicitor General Elena Kagan. The Court also issued a landmark ruling on life sentences without parole for juveniles in non-homicide crimes. In the ruling, already being viewed as a major Eighth Amendment decision, the Court said such a sentence categorically violates the bar against cruel and unusual punishments.
Justices Issue Major Eighth Amendment Ruling on Juvenile Sentencing
The National Law Journal
May 17, 2010