Rulings

Supreme Court Protects Juvies

A busy day on the Supreme Court on Monday: First, it ruled 5-4 that teenagers serving life sentences for non-murder cases must be at least considered for parole. Justice Anthony Kennedy quoted the Eighth Amendment in his majority opinion, saying, “The state has denied [plaintiff Terrence Graham] any chance to later demonstrate that he is fit to rejoin society based solely on a nonhomicide crime that he committed while he was a child in the eyes of the law." Later in the morning, the Court ruled that federal officials can detain criminals it considers "sexually dangerous" even after their prison terms have ended.