Can a Juvenile that Has Been Direct Filed to Adult Court and Receive a Life Sentence?
Can a juvenile that has been direct filed to adult Court and receive a life sentence? The US Supreme Court recently addressed the issue in Miller v. Alabama. In Miller, a 14 year old was convicted of murder and sentenced to life without parole. The US Supreme Court held that a juvenile cannot be sentence as such, the 8th amendement (which bars cruel and unusual punishment) to the US Constitution forbids such a sentence.