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Graham v. Florida; Sullivan v. Florida, Cato Legal Briefs

Graham v. Florida; Sullivan v. Florida, Cato Legal Briefs

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Nos. 08-7412, 08-7641
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Supreme Court of the United States
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J
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 ARRIS
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 Petitioner
, v.S
TATE OF
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LORIDA
,
 Respondent
.————
On Writs of Certiorari to theDistrict Court of Appeal of Florida,First District
————
BRIEF FORSOLIDARITY CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE,THE SOVEREIGNTY NETWORK,
 ET AL
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 AMICI CURIAE
IN SUPPORT OF RESPONDENT
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Counsel for Amici Curiae
[Additional
 Amici
Listed on the Inside Cover]
 
 Additional
 Amici
: Americans United for LifeCatholic Family and Human Rights InstituteCenter for Security PolicyConcerned Women for AmericaFamily Advocacy InternationalFamily Watch InternationalFreedom AllianceHudson InstituteThe Cato InstituteThe Competitive Enterprise InstituteUnited Families International
 
(i)TABLE OF CONTENTSPageTABLE OF AUTHORITIES ................................ iiiSTATEMENT OF INTEREST ............................ 1SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT ............................. 2 ARGUMENT ........................................................ 4I. R
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............................................................ 4 A. Florida’s Public Officials, its JuvenileJustice Advocacy Groups, and Con-cerned Florida Citizens Should BePermitted to Continue to Utilize theDemocratic Process to Address theProblem of Increased Youth Violencein Their State ....................................... 5B. Neither Non-Binding Treaty Provi-sions Nor an Insufficiently DefiniteInternational Norm Regarding theSentencing of Juveniles to Life With-out Parole Should Serve as aBasis for Determining WhetherFlorida Juvenile Life Without ParoleSentencing Laws Violate the Eighth Amendment to the United StatesConstitution ......................................... 10

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