Miller Vs Alabama Case Study

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Evan Miller has had a rough upbringing. He has had emotional abandonment from his alcoholic and drug abused mother, his abusive father and forced to be placed in multiple foster cares throughout his childhood. Miller is a prime example of an abandoned, troubled minor, whose true destiny has been destroyed due to these circumstances. The problems he has faced steered him to being depressed and unsatisfied, using drugs, alcohol and four suicide attempts to trying and fulfill the emptiness he has been feeling his entire life. In the Supreme Court case Miller V. Alabama, fourteen years old Even Miller believes his Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments have been violated due to his involvement in committing aggravated murder to his neighbor Cole Cannon. …show more content…
Has the court sentenced the minor due to the evidence presented and the extent of the case? (Aggravated Murder). Miller argues, these amendments have been violated because of his age, while the state argues, the crime was determined aggravated murder, and so sentencing is justifiable and appropriate. Throughout the trail similar cases such as Roper v. Simmons (2005), and Graham v. Florida (2010), worked in Miller’s favor by using the information in the trail. Roper v. Simmons was a cased based on, if juveniles were able to be sentenced to the death penalty due to a murder. Simmons argued that the sentence of the committed crime should not be death if the murder was an “immature and irresponsible juvenile. Agreeing, the Supreme Court made it a national consensus that the death penalty was violating the eighth amendment. The next case, Graham v. Florida shows a minor breaking probation, committing a robbery and leading a police car chase. The sentencing of life in prison without parole violated the seventeen-year-olds eight amendment because he did not commit a homicide. Using both of these court cases started to make Millers case more relatable and understanding to the courts. The death penalty and life without parole to a minor was already deemed unconstitutional because it violated the eighth amendment. Although Millers crime was excessive, judges should have taken these Supreme Court cases into

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