Multiple Sentences for Crimes Totaling 89 Years for Juvenile is Constitutional

Vol 31 No 8

Bunch v. Smith, 2012 WL 2608484 (6th Cir.).

Multiple consecutive sentences for several criminal convictions totaling 89 years did not clearly violate the constitutional prohibition against sentencing juveniles to life without parole for nonhomicide offenses as established in Graham v. Florida. Juvenile was not sentenced to life without parole and there was no consensus that practice was cruel or unusual to support expanding Graham.

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