Graham V. Abraham Case Summary

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Assignment 2: Trials and Verdicts Graham vs. Florida Terrance Jamar Graham attempted to rob a barbecue restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida in July of 2003. He was 16 years old at the time and had 3 accomplices. No money was taken during the robbery but the manager required stitches as a result of one assailant striking the manager on the head twice prior to fleeing the scene. The state of Florida allows prosecutors to determine whether to charge 16 and 17 year olds as adults and in this case, they chose to charge Graham as an adult. The charges against Graham were armed burglary with assault or battery, a first-degree felony carrying a maximum penalty of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole; and attempted armed-robbery, a second-degree felony carrying…show more content…
Texas believes this will reduce wrongful convictions in their state. References: Death Penalty Information Center (©2014 2014) Texas Enacts “Michael Morton Act” To Reduce Wrongful Convictions found at http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/texas-enacts-michael- morton-act-intended-reduce-wrongful-convictions Graham v. Florida (2009) Supreme Court of the United States Graham v. Florida found at http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/09pdf/08-7412.pdf Levs (2013) Innocent Man: How Michael Morton lost 25 years of his life found at http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/04/justice/exonerated-prisoner-update-michael-morton/ National Juvenile Detention Center (2010) Graham v. Florida – U.S. Supreme Court Decision found at http://www.njdc.info/njdc_members/index.php/jlwop-brief-bank/us-supreme-court- and-federal-cases/45-us-supreme-court-decision.html Siegel, L. J., & Worrall, J. L. (2013). Essentials of criminal justice (8th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Cengage

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