Melissa: And to combat this, of course, you know, uh, lawmakers and policymakers across the country were very concerned about this. He stayed outside, and one of the youths pulled a gun and killed the store clerk. Neiman: It, I would be hesitant to commit to a minimum without. But Cole wakes up, so the boys beat him and then they set his mobile home on fire. Yes, he was in foster care and anyone that encountered him, mental health counselors, teachers, had the same thing to say, he is manipulative. We were not taught respect and honesty.
Tom Bakkedahl: The facts are extremely important. Contributed image from Gogtay et al. Under capital punishment laws in many states that left judges with only one sentence available for punishing juveniles like Miller who were convicted of capital murder: life without the possibility of parole. Miller takes the next step and, with Roper, has completely forbidden mandatory life without parole for juveniles convicted of all offenses, including murder. And, uh, some of this information that we're talking about also came from The Sentencing Project, which is a nonprofit group that promotes sentencing reforms. This case before the U. This is how we reach the number 600.
Dacia: And with Tyler Hadley too, he was not too far away from being 18. And his research, which was part of a lot of the briefs that were being submitted to the U. Cheatham showed Miller pictures of her father as a child that she rescued from the ashes of his home. I mean, the Miller facts were horrible. Please go back and listen to that; it's a really fascinating case. And this was a huge point in the Tyler Hadley resentencing, which, uh, Tyler Hadley is expected to be on Season 2, and we sat in on that recently.
And if Miller's lawyers wanted to speed the process along, they could ask a judge to demand an explanation for the delay, she said. Hobbs are companion cases that were argued separately but that shared one Supreme Court opinion. But Miller is still waiting for his proceeding in a prison outside Birmingham, leaving not only his family but that of his victim in an emotional holding pattern. And as we're producing this, we're still seeing more law changes. In his statement, Miller initially told Investigator Sandlin that on the evening of July 15, he was at his trailer watching a movie.
We met her in a couple of these others. Afterwards, Smith threw the bat down and Miller kicked it under the couch. By the time we get to 2016, there were about 730 murders in the U. Kuntrell was an Arkansas resident and he was also 14 when he was convicted and sentenced to life without parole. I mean, you could have an instance of a 10-year-old or an 8-year-old. We were not taught respect and honesty. Melissa: One of the things we talked about just a moment ago is how much is this going to be retroactive? It turns out it wasn't until 2017 that Evan Miller was finally granted a, you know, resentencing by a judge in Alabama.
Lawyers for Miller declined to speak with The Marshall Project, but in court filings they requested his records from the state and county foster care and juvenile justice systems, presumably to demonstrate just that. Supreme Court in March 2012, the attorney for Arkansas defended his life without parole sentence. But she pointed out that they did so when they were high on drugs and alcohol, consumed with the adult victim. Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel A. A jury found him guilty, and he was given the mandatory sentence of life without parole. Dacia: So aside from how prosecutors or the murder victims' families feel about these law changes, in the juvenile sentencing laws, it's part of a bigger trend that's been going on for about a dozen years. June 25, 2010 ; rehearing denied, and new decision published, 63 676 Ala.
He was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. October 22, 2010 ; certiorari granted, 565 U. He was hit with a bat and left in a fire to die. We want him to realize the enormity of his crime. The three boys were 14 years old at the time.
Today the only option, according to Alabama statutes, is the same thing that was on the books then. Analysis The parties chiefly disagree over whether sentencing a 14-year-old to life in prison without violates the. Thus, according to Alabama, this case occupies a gap in Eighth Amendment doctrine that neither case controls. Then in January 2016, in the case Montgomery v. It was a case called Falcon v. Melissa: And one of the reasons they brought this condition of an automatic review after 25 years, it's so they, they have an opportunity for release.