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...hus incapable of the same impulse control that is demanded of adults who committed crimes. They somewhat have a natural defect immaturity that prevents them from not acting out in cases such as this. Teenagers may be impulsive but they are not beyond reproach simply on the basis of their age.
Court Opinion: The eighth and fourteenth amendments forbid imposition of the death penalty, on offenders who were under the age of 18 when their crimes were committed. USSC had ruled that regardless of the individual facts of the case, neither minors nor the mentally ill the most vulnerable groups in society could not be punished with the death penalty because doing so would be cruel and unusual punishment. The difference between juvenile and adult offenders are too marked and well understood to risk allowing a youthful person to receive the death penalty despite lacking fault.
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