Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

In previous years, the Court released orders the morning after the Court’s “Long Conference.” It has not done so this year. Beginning last Term, the Court consistently considered petitions at least two times before granting certiorari. To the extent that practice continues -- and there is no affirmative evidence the Court intends to drop it -- so we are again doubtful that certiorari will be granted in any cases today.

Graham v. Florida

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
08-7412 District Court of Appeal of Florida, First District Nov 9, 2009
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May 17, 2010 6-3 Kennedy OT 2009

Holding: Sentencing a juvenile to life in prison without parole for crimes other than murder violates the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 6-3, in an opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy on May 17, 2010. Justice Thomas dissented, joined by Justice Scalia and in part by Justice Alito. Justice Alito also dissented in an opinion for himself. Justice Stevens concurred, joined by Ginsburg and Sotomayor, even though these three Justices also joined the Kennedy majority opinion.

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