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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Chemerinsky
Roper v. Simmons
Citation:543 U.S. 551 (2005)
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Simmons (Petitioner), who was 17 years old at the time, committed murder. Simmons said he wanted to commit murder and discussed his plan in callous terms with his friends. There was little evidentiary doubt that he was the perpetrator of the crime. About nine months later, after he had turned 18, he was tried and sentenced to death. On appeal, he argued that it is impermissible to execute a juvenile offender who was older than 15 but younger than 18 when he committed a capital crime.
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