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Sulllivan v. Florida
No. 08-7621


    Sulllivan v. Florida


    Sentencing, Criminal law and procedure


    Joe Sullivan is serving a sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for a non-homicide offense committed when he was thirteen years old. Nationwide, only one other thirteen-year-old child has received a life-without-parole sentence for a non-homicide. The questions presented are:

    1. Does imposition of a life-without-parole sentence on a thirteen-year-old for a non-homicide violate the prohibition on cruel and unusual punishments under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments, where the freakishly rare imposition of such a sentence reflects a national consensus on the reduced criminal culpability of children?

    2. Given the extreme rarity of a life imprisonment without parole sentence imposed on a 13-year-old child for a non-homicide and the unavailability of substantive review in any other federal court, should this Court grant review of a recently evolved Eighth Amendment claim where the state court has refused to do so?



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Counsel of Record

For Petitioner:

Bryan A. Stevenson
Equal Justice Initiative
Montgomery, AL

For Respondent:

Scott D. Makar
Solicitor General
Office of the Attorney General
Tallahassee, FL


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