Court’s sentencing of juveniles ruling will not impact OhioWritten by Toledo Free Press Staff Writers | | firstname.lastname@example.org
On June 25 the United States Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional to mandate sentencing of life without the possibility of parole for juveniles convicted of homicide. Because Ohio does not have a statute in place that mandates this sentencing, cases in Ohio will not be affected by the decision, said Jeffrey Lingo, Criminal Division Chief for the Lucas County Prosecutor’s office.
Under the ruling it is still allowable for a jury to decide to sentence juveniles convicted of homicide to life without the possibility of parole, said Jelani Jefferson Exum, associate professor of law at the University of Toledo College of Law
The 5-4 decision came from the cases of Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs, which involved two 14 year-old young men who were convicted of homicide.
In 2005, the Court deemed it unconstitutional to sentence juveniles to the death penalty, and in 2010, the Court ruled it unconstitutional for juveniles to be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole in non-homicide cases
“Little by little, since 2005, the Supreme Court has been shifting away from the death penalty and life without (the possibility of) parole sentences for juveniles,” Jensen said.
Miller was convicted of killing a man in Alabama. Jackson was convicted of being an accomplice in an Arkansas robbery that ended in murder. The decision came in the robbery and murder cases of Evan Miller and Kuntrell Jackson, who were 14 when they were convicted.
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