On Thursday, the US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in line with liberal and conservative policies. Mississippi Brett Johns, a prisoner sentenced to life imprisonment at the age of 15.
Jones was sentenced to imprisonment in 2005 without the possibility of parole for fatally stabbing his grandfather Bertis in a fight with his girlfriend in 2004.
He finally filed a proceeding in the Supreme Court at an oral hearing in November 2020, claiming he was not “permanently unforgiving” and challenging his ruling. It was.
The Supreme Court voted Thursday that Jones’ decision was valid. This sets it apart from the court’s previous ruling from 2005 that minors should be treated differently than adults because they are not mature.
These previous decisions abolished the death penalty for juvenile delinquents, and in 2016 the court ruled that life imprisonment (LWOP) was “all but the rarest juvenile delinquents whose crimes reflect permanent delinquency. “For the criminals of” said it should be reserved.
Since these previous decisions were made, the court has lost two decisive liberal judges in such a decision. They have been superseded by Mr. Trump’s candidate, who is more conservatively distorted.
Judge Sotomayor, nominated by former President Barack Obama for his position, emphasized the implications of the decision in fierce opposition to the judge who voted against Mr Jones in the case.
Judge Sotomayor, who disagreed with Judges Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan, wrote that the majority opinion was “a sudden break from precedent.”
“Jones should know that despite today’s court decision, what he does in life is important, so other about like Jones offering the LWOP statement. Make the effort of 1,500 juvenile delinquents. Of course, the damage caused by their crimes cannot be repaired, “Sotomayor continued.
“The question is, at some point, whether the state must consider whether the juvenile delinquent has shown maturity and rehabilitation worthy of a life opportunity beyond the prison in which he grew up.
“In most cases, the answer is yes.”
Additional reporting via Associated Press.