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Units received life sentences the Supreme Court will hear apparent cases -- pieces of what his sentencing young teenagers involving killings to die.
In prison violates the eighth amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
What can we expect the justices -- let's get some analysis from appellate lawyer.
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Great so the court did decide last week to hear that pair -- -- an issue is essentially can.
Minors either fourteen year -- who have been convicted of murder can they be sentenced.
To life imprisonment without any possibility of release or does that violate the eighth amendment and but the eighth amendment does is it it prohibits cruel and unusual punishment and the way that Supreme Court has interpreted that.
Is to not only prohibit cruel and unusual methods at punishment and also to prohibit.
Punishments that are too severe compared to the crime that has been committed or when you consider that type it and at this who has committed the crime.
You know what are the assumptions about children -- -- a certain ages they don't know what they're dealing that there isn't there is this.
No matter how heinous it is they don't really understand.
The the level of maturity of I have an act like that and so we can't sentence -- the same way as an adult but.
But still there's got to be some level culpability.
When you consider how heinous crime -- Exactly and that's exactly what the defendants are arguing in this case they -- -- look these are teenagers or young teenagers fourteen and below.
And they're their brains are calling -- ballot they're not emotionally mature yet they're highly susceptible to outside pressure and the court -- bought the argument for the last Pete Pace as the court has heard.
The court has decided you're right teenagers are different different than adults and therefore they are inherently -- more -- culpable.
No matter how -- the crime and obviously -- a lot of people have issues with this including more conservative justices.
You say at a minimum should be able to take a look at the facts and circumstances.
And each individual case rather than -- categorical rule of who.
Can and cannot be sentenced to life with in prison without parole.
And in terms of of adolescence and others is probably a bad idea that we'll never see that Clinton they have with people of -- before.
Oh win as a teenager or I was -- -- adult commits a crime we assume that there's some level of dysfunction in the house over the -- way.
Could parents be held responsible in some fun soft level -- -- child commits a heinous crime that as a -- would have been sentenced would have been like a death sentence.
Right you know it's it's hard to imagine -- don't know the situation where the court has considered anything like that.
The focus typically in these cases is indeed on on you think you're right it and and often the case that these teens who commit these current -- happened.
In trouble households.
What is the next level of this because one of the problems with young people today and they are so much more aware.
Of the world they were before that so much more aware of their sexuality.
They're exposed to work things and so on a sense there is a cultural level that is.
I guess culpable it as well is there any kind of situation like that would that would mitigate.
Sentence in him -- a murder.
While it's a good question and under way the -- has been losing by by imposing these categorical rules.
You really couldn't look at things like the fact that there are fifteen year old in our society who are incredibly mature and do you have.
-- -- very significant understanding of their actions.
That's the way the court has been moving to -- in all cases you cannot impose the death penalty.
On someone under the age of eighteen last year they ruled.
In all cases you cannot sentence.
A minor to life in prison without parole for a non homicide offense so.
That -- certain certainly the argument -- -- that shouldn't be the case that it should be more of an individualized assessment.
But certainly if it is a matter prediction -- there's a decent chance that the court will continue on that path and say that in no circumstance should.
A minor age -- -- younger be sentenced to life in prison without pearl.
This Martinez in the public -- -- lawyer thank you very much for being with us talking about -- you can't see -- -- sentences and that thank you very much.
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