Topic: Eighth Amendment
The case of four Britons, held two years by the US, sought to clarify legal protections for Guantanamo detainees, including regarding torture and harsh government tactics. Supreme Court justices on Monday declined to hear the case.
12/14/2009 12:50 pm
A federal judge in Texas Monday sentenced a man to two years in prison for possession of child porn, but refused to make him pay $3.4 million in restitution to the girl in the pictures. Prosecuting lawyers called the ruling a setback for victims of child porn.
12/10/2009 12:00 am
After two hours of arguments Monday, Supreme Court justices seem split on whether states can mete out life sentences to juveniles who aren't killers.
11/10/2009 12:00 am
The Supreme Court on Monday takes up two cases that explore the question: Should juveniles convicted of nonlethal crimes be sentenced to life in prison without parole?
11/08/2009 12:00 am
How will Sonia Sotomayor vote? Is John Paul Stevens soon to retire? Will John Roberts and Samuel Alito be more unabashedly conservative? The term begins Monday.
10/04/2009 01:00 am
A federal judicial panel orders the state to come up with a plan to cut prison populations. But any such plan would be carried out over two years – and any actual release order challenged.
08/08/2009 01:00 am
'Follow the law!' does not answer questions on gay marriage, abortion, and life imprisonment for juveniles.
07/08/2009 01:00 am
Two Florida teens were given life sentences without parole for nonlethal crimes. The top court will consider if the punishments are constitutional.
05/05/2009 01:00 am
The Supreme Court denied the appeal of a Florida inmate on death row for 32 years.
03/12/2009 01:00 am
Five justices footnote their June opinion about a 'national consensus' against using the death penalty for child rapists.
10/02/2008 01:00 am