Graham v. Florida; Sullivan v. Florida

Amicus curiae brief of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc., Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in support of petitioners.

Brief filed: 07/23/2009

Documents

Graham v. Florida; Sullivan v. Florida

United States Supreme Court; Case No. 08-7412 & 08-7621

Prior Decision

Cases below, 982 So.2d 43 (Fla.App.1 Dist. 2008) & 987 So.2d 83, unpublished (Fla.App.1 Dist. 2008).

Argument(s)

Individuals younger than age 18 at the time of the offense should not be subject to life without parole sentences, as such sentences violate the Eighth Amendment.

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Author(s)

Vincent M. Southerland, John Payton, Debo P. Adegbile, Christina Swarns, and Jin Hee Lee, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.; Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. and Robert J. Smith, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice; Jeffrey L. Fisher, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.