ROPER V. SIMMONS - U.S. Supreme Court
March 1, 2005

In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court holds that the application of the death penalty to juvenile offenders is unconstitutional, concluding that "[w]hen a juvenile commits a heinous crime, the State can exact forfeiture of some of the most basic liberties, but the State cannot extinguish his life and his potential to attain a mature understanding of his own humanity."

Majority Opinion by Justice Kennedy

Justice Stevens' Concurrence, Joined by Justice

Justice O'Connor's Dissent!

Justice Scalia's Dissent

Attorney for Petitioner Donald Roper, Superintendent

Attorney for Respondent Christopher Simmons

Case Docket (Roper v. Simmons)

The Eighth Amendment On "Cruel and Unusual

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