Essay on Court Cases And Their Decisions

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Court Cases and Their Decisions Throughout the years, the criminal justice system had many cases that has impacted its policies. Some of these cases involve juveniles as suspects. The United States Supreme Court have made countless rulings pertaining to juveniles and how they should be treated within the criminal justice system. Since a juvenile’s brain is still undeveloped, the prosecutors have to develop a case that would no hesitation to convict them. The cases of Roper v. Simmons (2002), Graham v. Florida (2010), and Miller v. Alabama (2012) made decisions which has impacted the criminal justice policies.
Roper v. Simmons (2005) Christopher Simmons was convicted, at the age of seventeen, for the murder of Shirley Cook and was given the death penalty. In 2003, the Missouri Supreme Court reviewed his case and lowered his sentence to life imprisonment since they believed that it would be cruel and unusual punishment to sentence a juvenile to death under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment. When the state of Missouri appealed this ruling, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear this case. This hearing overturned a 1989 decision (Stanford v. Kentucky) in which it was suitable to sentence sixteen and seventeen years old to capital punishment (Roper v. Simmons, 2005).
Graham v. Florida (2010) In 2003, Terrace Graham, who was sixteen at the time, was arrested for armed burglary with assault or battery and attempted armed-robbery. Graham pleaded guilty to both…

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