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GRAHAM v. FLORIDA

Docket No.: 08-7412
Certiorari Granted: May 4 2009
Argued: November 9, 2009
Decided: May 17, 2010

Topics:

Amendment 8: Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause, Article I, Bill of Rights, Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause, Death Penalty, Due Process, Eighth Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, Uniform Code of Military Justice, criminal procedure, life-without-parole, murder

PartyNames: Terrance Jamar Graham v. Florida
Petitioner: Terrance Jamar Graham
Respondent: Florida

Court Below: District Court of Appeal of Florida, First District
Citation: 982 So. 2d 43

Terrance Jamar Graham
v.
Florida
Question Presented:

Whether the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishments prohibits the imprisonment of a juvenile for life without the possibility of parole as punishment for the juvenile's commission of a non-homicide.

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?"

GRAHAM v. FLORIDA
ORAL ARGUMENT

November 9, 2009

Holding: reversed and remanded
Vote: 6-3
Opinion By: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy
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