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Supreme Court Gives Teens Sentenced to Life a Second Chance
Adam Banner - Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Figuring out how to punish juveniles accused of serious crimes has been difficult for the American justice system. Science has proven that brain development is not complete until adulthood, and teens and young adults struggle with impulse control and a full understanding of consequence, cause, and effect until their brains are fully developed. However, the inability to fully understand one's actions and control one's impulses does not completely mitigate violent crime and eliminate a necessity for harsh penalties. Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Oklahoma Death Penalty
Adam Banner - Thursday, July 02, 2015

On June 29, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued the opinion in the Oklahoma death penalty case Glossip v. Gross. In the majority opinion, SCOTUS once again affirmed the contstitutionality of the death penalty. While some see the decision as a potential "light at the the end of the tunnel," I feel as though the High Court has upheld a bar that will be exceedingly difficult to acheieve in future challenges to the methods and means of executing inmates in the United States of America. Read More

New Supreme Court Decision: Rodriguez v. Unites States
Adam Banner - Sunday, May 31, 2015

A recent Supreme Court decision that sounds like good news on the surface may have very little real-world applicability. Read More

U.S. Supreme Court to Review Lethal Injection Protocol
Adam Banner - Monday, January 26, 2015

The decision came too late to save Charles Warner. On January 15, Warner was executed by lethal injection on Oklahoma's death row after the United States Supreme Court refused to grant a stay of execution. The Supreme Court said that it would not review whether or not the use of a particular drug used in a lethal injection protocol for the execution of inmates was a violation of the Eighth Amendment right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment. Read More

"He Hurt Me." Is It Hearsay or Testimony When a Student Tells a Teacher About Child Abuse?
Adam Banner - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A case pending before the United States Supreme Court could have a significant impact on defendants in child abuse cases. Read More

United States Supports Gun Control in Straw Purchase Case
Adam Banner - Saturday, June 21, 2014

It stands to reason that it would be a violation of federal gun laws for a person who could legally purchase firearms to buy guns for those who are legally prohibited from gun possession or ownership. However, a recent United States Supreme Court ruling holds that it is illegal for a person who is licensed to possess firearms to purchase guns for another person who is also licensed to possess firearms. Read More

The Slow Destruction of the Fourth Amendment
Adam Banner - Thursday, May 01, 2014

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