Tag Archives: Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Merit Decision: “De Facto” Life Sentence Unconstitutional for Juvenile Nonhomicide Offender. State v. Moore.

“The court in Graham was not barring a terminology-“life without parole”-but rather a punishment that removes a juvenile from society without a meaningful chance to demonstrate rehabilitation and obtain release.”

Justice Paul Pfeifer, majority opinion.

On December 22, 2016, the … Continue reading

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Merit Decision: Mandatory Sex Offender Registration and Address-Verification Requirements Do Not Constitute Cruel and Unusual Punishment. State v. Blankenship.

On November 12, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Blankenship, 2015-Ohio-4624. In a 5-2 opinion authored by Justice Lanzinger, joined in full by Chief Justice O’Connor and Justice French, and in … Continue reading

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What’s On Their Minds: Does a Botched Execution Attempt Preclude a Second Try? State of Ohio v. Romell Broom.

Update: On March 16, 2016, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Broom.  Read the analysis of that decision here.

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Oral Argument Preview: Does a Botched Execution Attempt Preclude a Second Try? State of Ohio v. Romell Broom.

Update: On March 16, 2016, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in State v. Broom.  Read the analysis of that decision here.

Read the analysis of the oral argument here.

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What’s On Their Minds: Do Mandatory Sex Offender Classifications Constitute Cruel and Unusual Punishment? State of Ohio v. Travis Blankenship.

Update: On November 12, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in this case.  Read the analysis here.

“What is wrong with affording a hearing instead of a cookie-cutter one size fits all? Allowing the … Continue reading

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Oral Argument Preview: Do Mandatory Sex Offender Classifications Constitute Cruel and Unusual Punishment? State of Ohio v. Travis Blankenship.

Update: On November 12, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in this case.  Read the analysis here.

Read the analysis of the oral argument here.

On March 10, 2015, the Supreme Court of … Continue reading

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What’s On Their Minds: Sentencing a Juvenile Non-Homicide Offender. State of Ohio v. Brandon Moore.

Update: On December 22, 2016, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in this case. Read the analysis here.

“This was a sentence designed to keep the juvenile in custody for his natural life.  The question … Continue reading

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Oral Argument Preview: Sentencing a Juvenile Non-Homicide Offender to a “De-Facto” Life Sentence. State of Ohio v. Brandon Moore.

Update: On December 22, 2016, the Supreme Court of Ohio handed down a merit decision in this case. Read the analysis here.

Read the analysis of the oral argument here.

On February 4, 2015 the Supreme Court of … Continue reading

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Justice Pfeifer finds his Ohio Federal Judicial Soul Mate on the Death Penalty in Judge Greg Frost

Update: Ohio Attorney General DeWine appealed the stay of execution order in the Lorraine case to the U.S. Supreme Court. On February 8, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to lift the stay of execution.

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