Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Life Sentences For Juveniles

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in two cases involving juveniles sentenced in Florida to life in prison without parole - one for rape, the other for armed robbery. NPR's All Things Considered, Nov. 9,  has a report by Nina Totenberg quoting the questions of the justices during oral argument - a good example of legal reasoning in cases of constitutional interpretation (here of the 8th Amendment prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment). 6 min. NPR Media Player and .mp3, with something similar to a transcript.