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Supreme Court: Minors Can’t Get Life Without Parole
How young is too young to be sentenced to life in prison without any possibility of parole? The Supreme Court has weighed in, setting a new standard.
FOX News Radio’s Jared Halpern has the decision from Washington:
Fourteen years of age is too young to be handed a life sentence without parole, even if convicted of a heinous murder. In a 5-4 majority opinion, Justice Elena Kagan writes such sentences for juveniles violate the principle of proportionality, and, therefore, the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
The conservative wing of the court, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, argue the majority opinion ignores analysis done by more than two dozen state legislatures.
In Washington, Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.