Miller Vs Alabama Case Study

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Today we will cover the case of Miller v Alabama, which is one of the aforementioned cases which are part of this ruling. Evan Miller was 14 years old and been in and out of various foster care placements. His mother had a problem with alcoholism and drug addiction. He had a stepfather whom was physically abusive to him. From an early age, he also used drugs and alcohol and attempted suicide four times starting at the age of six years old. (E.J.M. v State, 928 S. 2d 1077, 1081 (Ala. Crim. App 2004) (Miller App.). The murder of Cole Cannon that Robin Miller was convicted of took place in Alabama in 2003 with Colby Smith as an accomplice. Cannon came over to make a drug deal with Miller’s mother and Miller and Smith followed to participate, eventually leading to the smoking of marijuana and drinking. After Cannon was passed out drunk, Miller took $300 in cash out and split it with Smith whereupon Cannon started to wake up and at that time Smith grabbed a baseball bat and stuck Cannon once while…show more content…
Juvenile crime sometimes seems so different from adult crime but there are times when it is exactly the same which is intriguing to me. However, I am on the fence about treating juveniles as adults when they commit certain crimes, because I believe that kids are more likely to be rehabilitated successfully than adults. If people believed that juveniles and adults were the same then there would not be a separation of juvenile and adult courts and punishment. What are the sources, purposes, and jurisdictions of the criminal law related to this case? The jurisdiction of this case began in the district court of Alabama and was appealed through the Alabama Appellate Courts, and was accepted to review by the United States Supreme Court. Jurisdiction of this case remains within the district court of Alabama. What is accomplice liability and criminal liability? How does it relate to the

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