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Miller v. Alabama

Docket No.: 10-9646
Certiorari Granted: 11/07/11
Argued: March 20, 2012
Decided: 06/25/12
Consolidated with: 10-9647

Topics:

Bill of Rights, Death Penalty, EPA, Eighth Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, capital murder, criminal procedure, habeas, habeas corpus, life-without-parole, murder

PartyNames: Evan Miller v. Alabama
Petitioner: Evan Miller
Respondent: Alabama

Court Below: Court of Criminal Appeals of Alabama
Citation: 63 So. 3d 676
Supreme Court Docket

Evan Miller
v.
Alabama
Background:

Evan Miller was sentenced to a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment without parole for a homicide offense committed when he was only fourteen years old. Evan is one of only seventy-three fourteen-year-olds nationwide who are serving such sentences.

Question Presented:

1. Does imposition of a life-without-parole sentence on a fourteen-year-old child convicted of homicide violate the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments' prohibition against cruel and unusual punishments, when the extreme rarity of such sentences in practice reflects a national consensus regarding the reduced criminal culpability of young children? 2. Does imposition of mandatory sentence of life imprisonment without parole on a fourteen-year-old child convicted of homicide - a sentence imposed pursuant to a statutory scheme that categorically precludes consideration of the offender's young age or any other mitigating circumstances - violate the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments' prohibition on cruel and unusual punishments?

Question:

Does the imposition of a life-without-parole sentence on a fourteen-year-old child violate the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments’ prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment?

Note:

THIS CASE TO BE ARGUED IN TANDEM WITH NO. 10-9647.

Miller v. Alabama
ORAL ARGUMENT

03/20/12

Listen to Oral Argument in Miller v. Alabama
Holding: reversed and remanded
Vote: 5-4
Majority: Kagan,Kennedy,Ginsburg,Breyer,Sotomayor
Dissenting: Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, Alito
Opinion By: Justice Elena Kagan

Miller v. Alabama
Case Documents

1Opinion in Miller v. Alabama
2Opinion in Miller v. Alabama
3Miller v. Alabama Oral Argument Transcript (HTML)
4Miller v. Alabama Oral Argument Audio
5Miller v. Alabama Oral Argument Audio