Stanford v. Kentucky
Significance, Court Declares That Capital Punishment May Be Imposed On Those Over Sixteen Years Of Age
Kevin N. Stanford
State of Kentucky
That the imposition of a death sentence for a murder he committed when he was 17 years old violated the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Frank W. Heft, Jr.
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Frederic J. Cowan
Justices for the Court
Anthony M. Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia (writing for the Court), Byron R. White
Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, John Paul Stevens
Date of Decision
26 June 1989
The Supreme Court upheld Stanford's death sentence.
- Trop v. Dulles, 356 U.S. 86 (1958).
- Kent v. United States, 383 U.S. 541 (1966).
- In re Gault, 387 U.S. 1 (1967).
- In re Winship, 397 U.S. 358 (1970).
- Gregg v. Georgia, 428 U.S. 153 (1976).
- Coker v. Georgia, 433 U.S. 584 (1977).
- Thompson v. Oklahoma, 487 U.S. 815 (1988).
U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. Capital Punishment 1996. Washington, DC: U.S. Government, 1997.
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