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Brief for Former Juvenile Court Judges

Brief for Former Juvenile Court Judges

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Published by: Francisco Estrada on Jun 27, 2012
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Nos. 10-9646 & 10-9647
I
N
T
HE
 
Supreme Court of the United States
 _______________________________ 
E
 VAN
M
ILLER
,
 Petitioner
,v. A 
LABAMA 
,
 
Respondent
.
 _______________________________ 
UNTRELL
J
 ACKSON
,
 Petitioner
,v.R
 AY 
H
OBBS
,
 
D
IRECTOR
,
 
 A 
RKANSAS
D
EPARTMENT OF
C
ORRECTION
,
 
Respondent
.
 _______________________________ 
On Writs of Certiorari to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals and the Arkansas Supreme Court
 _______________________________ 
BRIEF OF FORMER JUVENILE COURT JUDGES AS
AMICI CURIAE 
IN SUPPORT
 
OF PETITIONERS
 _______________________________ 
J
ONATHAN
D.
 
H
 ACKER
 (
Counsel of Record)
B
RIANNE
J.
 
G
OROD
  A 
DAM
G
OLDSTEIN
 D
EANNA 
R
ICE
 O’M
ELVENY 
&
 
M
 YERS
LLP1625 Eye Street, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20006(202) 383-5300 jhacker@omm.com
 Attorneys for Amici Curiae
 
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 SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT ................................... 4 ARGUMENT ............................................................. 6I. JUVENILE HOMICIDE OFFENDERS,LIKE OTHER SERIOUS JUVENILE OF-FENDERS, ARE CATEGORICALLY DIF-FERENT FROM ADULT OFFENDERS ............ 6II. THESE CASES ILLUSTRATE THE EX-TENT TO WHICH THE DISTINGUISH-ING CHARACTERISTICS OF YOUTHCAN CONTRIBUTE TO JUVENILECRIMINALITY, INCLUDING HOMICIDE ....... 9III. JUVENILE HOMICIDE OFFENDERS,LIKE OTHER SERIOUS JUVENILE OF-FENDERS, ARE CAPABLE OF REHA-BILITATION ...................................................... 13 A. Juvenile Homicide Offenders Are Capa-ble of Rehabilitation If Provided theRight Opportunities ..................................... 14B. It Is Impossible To Predict at Sentenc-ing How a Juvenile Will Change OverTime .............................................................. 17IV. A LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE SENTENCESIGNIFICANTLY LIMITS A JUVENILE’S ABILITY TO REFORM AND CHANGE ........... 20 A. Sentencing Juveniles to Life WithoutParole Denies Them Hope and the In-centives To Try To Reform ........................... 20
 
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 B. Sentencing Juveniles to Life WithoutParole Denies Them Opportunities ToParticipate In Educational and Rehabil-itation Programs ........................................... 22CONCLUSION………………………...………............26
 

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