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This week we are studying constitutional protections. This includes the constitutionality of capital crimes and the death penalty.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently held in Jones v. Mississippi that the Eighth Amendment does not require the sentencer/judge to make a finding of permanent incorrigibility before sentencing a juvenile to a sentence of life without parole.
Instead, it only needs to be shown that the judge had discretion under the sentencing statute as to whether to give the offender life without parole or not. Read the Jones v. Mississippi case
Summarize the facts of the case in your own words.
Discuss whether you agree with the majority opinion or Justice Sotomayor’s dissenting opinion. Explain your answer.
McConnell, J. [University of Richmond School of Law]. (2021, April 27). They synopsis: Jones v. Mississippi, 2021 [Video]. You Tube. https://youtu.be/EZ18Yo799uM