22 May 2010

Building a Great Sentencing Case

In Graham v. Florida (No. (08-7412), the Supreme Court recently held that the Eighth Amendment prohibits a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for juveniles convicted of offenses other than homicide. As part of its determination, the Court engaged in a useful analysis of the four purposes of sentencing. This analysis provides a good reminder for defense counsel attempting to argue for a reduced sentence for their clients.

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