I just presented a project on the juvenile death penalty (got an A+ too ), but I needed to know at least a little on the regular death penalty as well:
- Coppermine's prediction may be correct - this 18-year old guy may receive the death penalty. In the Supreme Court case Roper vs. Simmons (2005)
, it was decided a person under
the age of 18 cannot receive the death penalty (I'm not getting into the reasons I presented, although they would back me up on my assumptions you will read...it would take forever). Anyway, this guy is 18 and can be subject to the death penalty. He committed a CAPITAL CRIME, and a possible punishment for that is the death penalty.
- As for the girl: If she was kidnapped, then chances are she won't get in any real trouble. However, if she was involved in the crime, then the worst that can happen to her is that she receives a prison sentence (probably not for life, but enough to keep her locked up for some while).
- Logan also brought up another possibility. If the court decides that the guy's decision was rash and not thought through, he can plea for temporary insanity. This attempt would be to save his life.
So if the girl was kidnapped, she can't get in trouble. If she was involved, she'll be in jail for at least 20-25 years before a parole hearing (one of my reasons why juveniles shouldn't receive the death penalty has to do with this). As for the guy - if this was a planned murder, he'll likely get the death penalty. If it was an impulse decision and it was a decision made at that moment, he should plea for temorary insanity.
Last edited by DaQ on Tue Nov 15, 2005 10:29 pm, edited 1 time in total.