Case Brief Of Kent V. United States

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Case Brief Title & Citation: 1. Kent V United States 2. 383 U.S. 541 (1966) The Facts: The police detained and questioned 16-year old Morris A. Kent Jr., in connection with several incidents involving theft by force and rape. After admitting to having some involvement, the juvenile court canceled its legal control, allowing the court to try Kent as an adult. Kent was accused of theft in district court. Moving to dismiss the indictment, due to the Juvenile court not conducting an appropriate way of questioning before giving up jurisdiction, as demanded by the Juvenile Court Act. A jury found him guilty and then they sentenced Kent to serve 30-90 years in prison. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed and it was noted that there was no reason that the Juvenile Court judge gave for the waiver. Issue: Kent was unaware of his case's transfer of jurisdiction from the juvenile court of D.C. to the state's regular district court. Was the juvenile court's waiver of jurisdiction valid? Would the individual transferred to the adult court still have rights that were applicable in juvenile court? Did the juvenile court conduct a full investigation for Kent? Important information might have been revealed had an investigation been performed. And was Kent’s 14th Amendment right under the due process clause. Kent …show more content…

If the waiver was improper, the conviction was sent back to the court. If it was proper, then the act of being found guilty of a crime was sustained. Kent's lawyer filed the motion for the juvenile court judge to keep legal control over Kent's case to preserve treatment and rehabilitation he'd been on for the past two years. It was assumed that a hearing would be executed in order for Kent's lawyer to argue for his client, but NO HEARING WAS

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