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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
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