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Court rules on juvenile life terms, Ariz. immigration law

In two widely anticipated rulings, the Supreme Court ruled the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment bars juvenile homicide offenders from being sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

The Court also struck down several provisions of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, Sb1070, and ruled that the provision authorizing police to check the immigration status of detained individuals should not have been halted, but that it could face an as-applied challenge once it is implemented.

The Court will be back for the term’s last session Thursday, where it will announce opinions in the federal health care law challenge as well as the much anticipated RESPA case. As always, check Lawyers USA’s Supreme Court Report for our latest coverage of the Supreme Court.

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