Stanford V Kentucky

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One of the most controversial issues society faces today is the death penalty, especially when involving juveniles. People see it as cruel and unusual especially for juveniles because their so young and immature and they don’t have the mental culpability to understand the outcome of their actions. The juvenile justice system main goal is rehabilitation, not punishment. Two major cases that impacted the Juvenile Justice system, regarding juveniles and execution are Stanford v Kentucky and Roper v Simmons. Stanford v Kentucky was a United States Supreme court case that dealt with the imposition of the death penalty on offenders who were at least sixteen years old at the time the crime was committed. Stanford was 17 years old at the time he committed murder in Kentucky. On January 17, 1981, Stanford and an accomplice repeatedly raped and sodomized twenty year old Barpel Poore during and after their robbery at the gas station Poore worked at. Hearings were held to decide on whether Stanford’s case should be held in Juvenile court or adult. The juvenile court did make the decision to transfer his case, therefore; Stanford would be trialed as an adult under a state statute permitting such action as to offenders who are either charged with a class A felony, capital crime or anyone over the age of sixteen and charged with a felony. ( (Death Penalty in America,)Legal Studies 485, Spring 2003. Stanford was convicted of murder, first degree sodomy, first degree robbery, and receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to death and forty five years in prison. Stanford appealed this sentencing on the notion that his eight amendments protectipon against cruel and unusual punishment had been violated. The Supreme Court affirmed the sentence denying Stanfords demand that he had a constitutional right to treatment in the Juvenile system and declaring that his age and the

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