The Corner

Court on Juvenile Sentencing

We are still waiting for a decision on Obamacare (which I don’t expect today, but could be surprised). In the meantime, the Court is handing out decisions in other cases still on the docket.  

A few terms ago, the Court decided that juvenile murderers cannot be subjected to the death penalty. This morning, in a 5–4 decision, the Court announced that juvenile offenders cannot be subjected to life imprisonment without possibility of parole.

Next term, look for the Court to decide that juvenile offenders cannot be sent to their room without possibility of their supper.

Shannen W. Coffin is a contributing editor to National Review. He practices appellate law in Washington, D.C.

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