Block on Trump's Asylum Ban Upheld by Supreme Court
The Supreme Court decided Miller v. Alabama on Monday, holding that the Eighth Amendment prohibits a mandatory minimum sentence requiring life without parole for juvenile homicide offenders. While a judge can still sentence a juvenile to life without parole, the Court expects such sentences to be few and far between.
The case is the latest in a series of rulings that have relaxed the maximum penalties for juvenile offenders: In 2010, the Court ruled that juveniles convicted of non-homicide offenses couldn’t be sentenced to life without parole, and in 2005, the Court banned the death penalty for persons who were under 18 when they committed an otherwise-capital offense.
Now that the Court has decided juvenile life sentences, only one criminal case, the Stolen Valor challenge, remains. That opinion will be issued on Thursday, along with the Affordable Care Act decisions.
Today, however, we're briefly looking at five of the Court's most interesting criminal law decisions from the 2011 Term. From search and seizure to the right to effective counsel, the 2011 Term produced a number of notable opinions. Here are the criminal issues we think are the most significant:
Which criminal issues do you think will captivate the country during the 2012 Term? First Monday this year is October 1; so after the Court issues Thursday's opinions, you'll only have to wait 95 days for the excitement to start again.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.
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