The brief section is designed to provide practical examples of the legal arguments on a number of issues. Each brief/petition has been filed on behalf of a defendant who falls within one of the categories below. The general resources section is designed to provide general information on a number of topics. For resources regarding specific topics, please go to one of the following additional resource sections: juvenile, foreign
nationals, or mental retardation.
On March 1, 2005 in the case of Roper v. Simmons, the US Supreme Court, held in a 5-4 vote that the death penalty, as applied to those under eighteen years of age at the time of the crime, violates evolving standards of decency and is prohibited by the Eighth Amendment ban on "cruel and unusual punishment" of the US Constitution.
For further information on the decision and context click here
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