Monday, May 17, 2010
A WIN FOR FLORIDA
The Supreme Court voted today 5-4 that it is unconstitutional to sentence juveniles to life in prison for crimes in which they have not committed murder.
We haven't had time to read the opinion in full, so our normal witty insightful comments will be posted later today/tonight.
Suffice to say that Justice Thomas dissented along with Justice Sam "Hang em all" Alito and that great friend to criminal defense (according to Fed Blogger David Markus) Justice Scalia. While we haven't read the entire dissent, according to Thomas, the original intent of the framers was the keelhauling and stoning were appropriate sentences, so how in the world could a cushy prison cell be cruel and unusual?