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
http://laws.findlaw.com/us/000/03-633.html

Justice Stevens' Concurrence, Joined by Justice
Ginsburg
http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=US&vol=000&invol=03-633#concurrence1

Justice O'Connor's Dissent
http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=US&vol=000&in!
vol=03-633#dissent1

Justice Scalia's Dissent
http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=US&vol=000&invol=03-633#dissent2
 

Attorney for Petitioner Donald Roper, Superintendent
http://pview.findlaw.com/view/2086334_1

Attorney for Respondent Christopher Simmons
http://pview.findlaw.com/view/3348798_1

Case Docket (Roper v. Simmons)
http://supreme.lp.findlaw.com/supreme_court/docket/2004/october.html#03-633

The Eighth Amendment On "Cruel and Unusual
Punishments"
http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data/constitution/amendment08/

The Fourteenth Amendment
http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data/constitution/amendment14/

FindLaw's Criminal Law Center
http://criminal.findlaw.com/

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I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all 
else falls away.
~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer~
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Britta Slopianka
Florida Coordinator
Innocent In Prison Project
http://innocentinprison.org
IIPP  Prison Forum
http://iipp.kr3.de/forum/index.php

Death Penalty News: http://disc.server.com/Indices/207906.html
Death Row from the Inside: http://againstdeathrows.blogspot.com/
German coalition to abolish the death penalty: 
http://www.initiative-gegen-die-todesstrafe.de/

Please see our daily updates in Axis of Logic's section: 
Death Penalty 
Britta Slopianka, Axis of Logic
Correspondent in Germany
http://www.axisoflogic.com/


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