Graham v. Florida By Bianca Kue
Graham v. Florida • May 17th, 2010 • Terrence Graham (Juvenile) • Convicted of armed burglary and robbery • Convicted again six months after 12 month sentence • Sentenced to life in prison without parole
Why was this case brought to the Supreme Court? • Question: • Does the imposition of a life sentence without parole on a juvenile convicted of a non-homicidal offense violate the Eighth Amendment's prohibition of "cruel and unusual punishment?" • Ruling: • 6-3 • Why? • This case implicates a particular type of sentence as it applies to an entire class of offenders (juveniles) • Life sentences for juveniles for non-homicidal crimes has been "rejected the world over."
How did this case change how we understand or interpret the Constitution/Amendments? • Made it unconstitutional to impose life sentences on juveniles. • Protects the minorities • Categorical rule necessary.
Sources • http://www.oyez.org/cases/2000-2009/2009/2009_08_7412 • http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/08-7412.ZS.html