SULLIVAN v. FLORIDA

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Case Basics
Docket No. 
08-7621
Petitioner 
Joe Harris Sullivan
Respondent 
Florida
Advocates
(for the petitioner)
(Solicitor General of Florida, for the respondent)
Term:
Facts of the Case 

When Joe Sullivan was 13 years old, he was convicted of sexual battery by a Florida state court and sentenced to life in prison without parole. On appeal to the District Court of Appeal of Florida, Mr. Sullivan argued that his sentence was cruel and unusual and thus violated both the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. The court of appeals affirmed Mr. Sullivan's sentence without comment.

Question 

Does the imposition of a life sentence without parole on a 13 year old convicted of a non-homicidal offense violate the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments' prohibition of "cruel and unusual punishment?"

Conclusion 

The writ of certiorari was dismissed as improvidently granted.

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