Minnesota Supreme Court: Life sentences for juveniles A-OK
Here's a moral quandary that would have left Nietzsche scratching his butt--when a couple teenagers execute another teen while he begs for his life on his knees, what do you do with them?
Well, if you ask the Minnesota Supreme Court, you lock them up and throw away the key.
It's been the plague of American criminal law for half a century--what to make of the nearly adult when they, say, riddle another youth's body with over a dozen bullets in ice cold blood?
But the Minnesota Supreme Court, in an opinion written by Justice Christopher Dietzen, says that the life sentence of two teens convicted in the above-mentioned execution, which allows for zero parole options, is neither cruel nor unusual.
The men were 17 years old when convicted of the shooting, which makes their candidacy for a life sentence slightly less objectionable. But what will happen when a couple 12 year old Tre Tre Crips pull off a gangland execution? It's bound to happen sooner or later, and we'll see how closely the Minnesota Supreme Court will stick to these guns when it does. Chucking a 17 year old assassin into the clink forever? No sweat. A 12 year old? We'll see just what these justices are made of.
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