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Graham v. Florida, No. 08-7412, U.S. Sp. Ct. Oral Argument 11-9-09

Graham v. Florida, No. 08-7412, U.S. Sp. Ct. Oral Argument 11-9-09

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To sign a petition supporting an end to life without parole (LWOP) sentences for juveniles and learn about the case of a Latino high school honor student arrested at age 15 named Efrén Paredes, Jr. who was sentenced to LWOP for a crime he did not commit please visit http://tinyurl.com/FreeEPJ.
To sign a petition supporting an end to life without parole (LWOP) sentences for juveniles and learn about the case of a Latino high school honor student arrested at age 15 named Efrén Paredes, Jr. who was sentenced to LWOP for a crime he did not commit please visit http://tinyurl.com/FreeEPJ.

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IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - xTERRANCE JAMAR GRAHAM, :Petitioner :v. :No. 08-7412FLORIDA.:- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - xWashington, D.C.Monday, November 9, 2009The above-entitled matter came on for oralargument before the Supreme Court of the United Statesat 10:01 a.m.APPEARANCES:BRYAN S. GOWDY, ESQ., Jacksonville, Fla.; on behalf ofthe Petitioner. Appointed by this Court.SCOTT D. MAKAR, ESQ., Solicitor General, Tallahassee,Fla.; on behalf of the Respondent.1
 
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C O N T E N T SORAL ARGUMENT OF PAGEBRYAN S. GOWDY, ESQ.On behalf of the Petitioner 3
 
SCOTT D. MAKAR, ESQ.
 
On behalf of the Respondent 25
 
REBUTTAL ARGUMENT OF
 
BRYAN S. GOWDY, ESQ.
 
On behalf of the Petitioner 51
 
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P R O C E E D I N G S(10:01 a.m.)CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: We will hearargument first this morning in Case 08-7412,Graham v. Florida.Mr. Gowdy.ORAL ARGUMENT OF BRYAN S. GOWDYON BEHALF OF THE PETITIONERMR. GOWDY: Mr. Chief Justice, and may itplease the Court:Sentencing an adolescent to life without anypossibility of parole condemns him to die in prison andrejects any hope that he will change for the better.This sentence, like the death penalty, cruelly ignoresthe inherent qualities of youth and the differencesbetween adolescents and adults.JUSTICE GINSBURG: Are you urging that inall cases, including homicide cases? Or are you drawingthe line at homicide?MR. GOWDY: We are -- we are drawing theline, Your Honor, at -- at non-homicide cases because werecognize under the Eighth Amendment that we must lookat societal consensus, and society has said that murderis different and has said that in the sentencingpractices, as demonstrated by the fact that outside of3
 
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