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On March 20, 2012 the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Jackson v. Hobbs and Miller v. Alabama. The question in both cases is whether a sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole, imposed for a murder committed when the defendant was fourteen years old, constitutes “cruel and unusual punishment” in violation of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments.

To discuss the cases, we have John Stinneford, who is an assistant professor at the University of Florida Levine School of Law.

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