September 24, 2021

Supreme Court ruling sets precedent making sentencing for juveniles easier

The Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s decision to affirm a judge does not have to find a defendant beyond rehabilitation to issue a life without parole sentence to a juvenile convicted of murder.

In a 6-3 decision along conservative-liberal lines, the decision upheld the sentence of Brett Jones. Jones was convicted in the stabbing death of a 68-year-old man when he was 15 years old.

The decision focused on whether Jones was considered permanently incorrigible or could be rehabilitated. The court determined the determination was not necessary as the basis for a lifetime sentence without parole.

Mississippi is one of only six states that does not require  permanent incorrigibility for a life sentence without parole.

“Jones’ argument that the sentence must make a finding of permanent incorrigibility is inconsistent with the court’s precedents,” wrote Justice Brett Kavanaugh. “The court’s precedents do not require an on-the-record sentencing explanation with an implicit finding of permanent incorrigibility.”

In 2012, the court disallowed life sentences without parole for minors except in murder cases.

Following the Supreme Court’s decision, Jones will become eligible for conditional release at 60 years of age. Jones’ lawyer had sought an earlier chance at parole based on his client’s rehabilitation and earning of his high school diplomas while incarcerated.

The ruling revealed the deep conservative-liberal divide on many issues in the Supreme Court. Three of the court’s nine justices were added during the four years former President Donald Trump served in the White House.

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StealthFighter7 (@guest_1224597)
4 months ago

Poor Mr. Jones…… [email protected]!!!!!!

bill rhinehart (@guest_1224598)
4 months ago

Its nice to see some sanity in the High Court

Susan in Kansas (@guest_1225495)
Reply to  bill rhinehart
4 months ago

I agree! In a world of illogical verbal aggression, it is a breath of fresh air to hear the US Supreme Court doing it’s job.

robert (@guest_1225717)
Reply to  bill rhinehart
4 months ago

what sanity there should be no such thing as a life sentence. if some one is so bad he can never be let out then just hang them.. y waste more cash on them. isn’t are national det. high enough..

rm (@guest_1224601)
4 months ago

At least this supreme court is taking a small step toward keeping dangerous criminals off the streets permanently… Remember back a few years justice Sandra Day O’Connor was the criminal coddling justice…remember the DC sniper case where she coddled one of the killers…

Shirley (@guest_1224613)
4 months ago

A 6-3 decision? Guess which 3 were against the ruling.

Trump4EVER (@guest_1224695)
Reply to  Shirley
4 months ago

The 3 who have their heads up their a**!

June Garris (@guest_1224719)
4 months ago

If they are mean enough to do the crime then they should be convicted. That is why so many young people are commiting crimes cause they think nothing wont happen to them in the courts. You play, you pay!!!

Petah (@guest_1225062)
Reply to  June Garris
4 months ago

Including the two ‘children’ that murdered the Pakistani taxi driver recently.

Jeffery Hindsley (@guest_1224743)
4 months ago

The punishment fits the crime. At 15, you know right from wrong. You also know the consequences for doing wrong when you get caught, charged, tried and convicted.

Randy Justice (@guest_1224751)
4 months ago

I cannot for the life of me understand why they didn’t give this little punk the death penalty !!! Why do we let these murderers get life in prison ???? Why should WE clothe, feed and shelter these human pieces of excrement for life ??? Put their criminal a$$es to death and get rid of them for good !!! STOP WITH ALL THE BLEEDING HEART CRAP !!!! THERE SHOULD BE NO SUCH THING AS LIFE IN PRISON, IT JUST REWARDS THE CRIMINALS FOR THEIR WRONGDOING !!! PRISON HAS BECOME A PAID VACATION FOR THESE FOOLS AND IN MOST CASES THEY LIVE BETTER IN PRISON THAN THEY DO ON THE STREETS !!!STOP KISSING THESE CRIMINALS A$$ES AND KILL THE MURDERING RETARDS !!!

linda (@guest_1224777)
Reply to  Randy Justice
4 months ago

Randy, You are right! Im sick of paying for criminals and illegals. They keep them alive for their VOTE and WE have to support them!

Medd (@guest_1224959)
Reply to  Randy Justice
4 months ago

RIGHT ON!!!!!!!!!

Doug Litchfield (@guest_1224754)
4 months ago

Parents of the spawn they produced also need charged with negligence of duty. Just because you have the tools to create a being, also means there are certain responsibilities involved.

Stephen Russell (@guest_1224768)
4 months ago

Really awesome finally some justice

Doc Rich (@guest_1224794)
4 months ago

Very well said, Doug Litchfield!! This breeding without responsibility….Baby mamas and stud daddies denigrates the family unit….and without a solid family unit you have no guiding light for the spawn they breed…….Thus gangs, drug dealing or worse is the path of least resistance for these lost souls……perhaps castration for any stud daddy who impregnates a baby mama and sterilization for baby mamas who allow themselves to be impregnated??

Magella Desniege Duhaime (@guest_1224826)
4 months ago

Doc Rich
I believe this is the core of our problem instead of constantly wanting to reform the police. How many times are we going to use it an excuse. No one seems to want to look at bad behavior, parenting needs to be address. The nuclear family should be looked at. Our drug problem. All this is not even talked about Unfortunately most of the violent behavior is in minority neighborhoods. Gang another one they recruit our kids. I haven’t heard one politician especially in the democratic cities clean up there act. It’s like they like it that way. For decades nothing has been done. You don’t hear from Sharpton, or Jackson, to address it and there not going to. Obama had the chance and nothing from him.

Ted (@guest_1224976)
4 months ago

You can takes the “N” out of the jungle but you can never takes the jungle out of the “N”….Period. They needs to stick to killing each other. No one seems to care about that….

Brigit (@guest_1225019)
4 months ago

If you kids can’t do the time, don’t commit the crime.
No one ever had to tell me that murder is wrong, I’ve always known.
I’ve also always known that self defense is not murder. We are allowed to save our own lives when threatened.
Luke 22:36, Jesus tells his remaining disciples, “If you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.” Jesus knew that now was the time when His followers would be threatened, and He upheld their right to self-defense.
Our founding fathers were Christians; that is why we have a 2nd Amendment. They knew that the day would come, when we would have to defend our lives, and our country. Swords were the weapons at the time, today guns are the weapons. We must be capable of using the weapons of today, to save our lives.
God gave us the right to defend our lives. America’s Founding Fathers made sure our government can never take that right away. It’s more important today than it ever has been.
That’s why we cannot let joe biden degrade our 2nd amendment rights. Democrats just keep chipping away at it, and they always will. None of the laws they want to force on us will stop criminals from getting guns…not even one…Democrats are just too ignorant to understand that criminals do not obey laws.
NEVER trust a Democrat with ANY Constitutional right…EVER!

Susan in Kansas (@guest_1225508)
Reply to  Brigit
4 months ago

YOU ARE RIGHT. DEMOCRATS of this 21ST CENTURY can NOT be TRUSTED with any non-bias decision. Greed has blinded their vision to see right from wrong. All politicians should be forced to be subjected to an audit entering and leaving any public service. AMEN

JERRY (@guest_1225222)
4 months ago

It nice to see SC Judges follow and uphold the Constitution

Billy (@guest_1225365)
4 months ago

Way to go SCOTUS. If they are big enough to murder then they are old enough to pay the price.

KJ Kadziauskas (@guest_1225522)
4 months ago

Good decision by SCOTUS, after Thomas called them on the carpet for having double standards, allowing juveniles to have an abortion but too young for life sentences.
In the future they SCOTUS might fall back on SHARIA Law (eye for an eye) if they get confused.

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Michael S Dowling (@guest_1225677)
4 months ago

A new gun law proposal. Anyone does a crime with a gun, automatic life sentence. Kill someone while with a gun doing your crimes death sentence…. no appeals. Take out of court room and one to the head and throw you cheap as in the ditch.. case closed. Always in a crime the gun never does the job by itself it takes a criminal everytime to do the crime

James (@guest_1225895)
4 months ago

Roberts Briar and 3rd Lib.

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