Justices Issue Major Eighth Amendment Ruling on Juvenile Sentencing

Nominee Elena Kagan wins another case she argued before the Court

, The National Law Journal


It was a newsy morning at the Supreme Court today, with four decisions, including a victory for the United States in a case argued by high court nominee Solicitor General Elena Kagan. The Court also issued a landmark ruling on life sentences without parole for juveniles in non-homicide crimes. In the ruling, already being viewed as a major Eighth Amendment decision, the Court said such a sentence categorically violates the bar against cruel and unusual punishments.

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