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Punishment

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Evading Miller, Robert S. Chang, David A. Perez, Luke M. Rona, Christopher M. Schafbuch Nov 2015

Evading Miller, Robert S. Chang, David A. Perez, Luke M. Rona, Christopher M. Schafbuch

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Miller v. Alabama appeared to strengthen constitutional protections for juvenile sentencing that the United States Supreme Court recognized in Roper v. Simmons and Graham v. Florida. In Roper, the Court held that executing a person for a crime committed as a juvenile is unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment. In Graham, the Court held that sentencing a person to life without parole for a nonhomicide offense committed as a juvenile is unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment. In Miller, the Court held that a mandatory sentence of life without parole for a homicide offense committed by a juvenile is also unconstitutional under ...


Searching For The "Tail Of The Dog": Finding "Elements" Of Crimes In The Wake Of Mcmillan V. Pennsylvania, Richard G. Singer, Mark D. Knoll Jan 1999

Searching For The "Tail Of The Dog": Finding "Elements" Of Crimes In The Wake Of Mcmillan V. Pennsylvania, Richard G. Singer, Mark D. Knoll

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Part II of this Article will examine the historical importance of punishment as a litmus test in the common law in finding the elements of an offense. In Part III, the historical approach used by federal courts when value or quantity was at issue will be analyzed in order to round out the pre-McMillan framework. Part IV will discuss the McMillan decision, as well as the post-McMillan regime. Part V will analyze Jones v. United States, the case now pending before the Court, in which the Court may have its last chance to correct the error of McMillan and clarify ...