Sotomayor blasts Kavanaugh’s decision on juvenile life sentences

Sotomayor blasts Kavanaugh’s decision on juvenile life sentences
Wise Latina Sonia Sotomayor (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – Who you gonna believe — an imaginary rapist or a wise Latina?]

Justice Sonia Sotomayor in a blistering dissent Thursday hammered a 6-3 decision penned by Justice Brett Kavanaugh that rejected certain limits on juvenile life sentences.

Joined by her two fellow liberal justices, Sotomayor accused the conservative majority of abandoning past rulings while pretending to respect them — and even used one of Kavanaugh’s previous opinions against him as a cudgel.

“Such an abrupt break from precedent demands ‘special justification,’ ” Sotomayor wrote, quoting a decision Kavanaugh wrote last term, adding: “The Court offers none.”

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Ruling along ideological lines, the court on Thursday rejected a challenge to life sentences without parole issued to juveniles, affirming a Mississippi court’s sentence of Brett Jones, who at age 15 murdered his grandfather.

Jones’s life sentence without parole was handed down even though there was never a separate factual finding that he was incapable of rehabilitation, or what the law refers to as “permanently incorrigible.”

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