Impact Of Roper V Simmons

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Roper v. Simmons is considered a landmark case and is one of a handful that shows a new direction in granting some relief from what has been established as harsh “adult” punishments for juveniles (Elrod & Ryder, 2014). In fact, many studies are showing that the differences between adults and juveniles are quite significant (Elrod & Ryder, 2014). The courts are realizing that these differences must be taking into account when dealing with juveniles in the criminal justice system (Elrod & Ryder, 2014). However, that being said, change does not occur overnight, and for the unforeseeable future, juveniles will still continue to be waived into adult courts (Elrod & Ryder, 2014).

The Roper v. Simmons decision has significant impacts on juveniles
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Crook was reported missing by her husband later the same day when he returned home from a short trip (Roper v. Simmons, 2005). Later the same day, fishermen discovered her body. Simmons was very self-satisfied with his murder and was more than happy to brag about it to his friends (Roper v. Simmons, 2005). He specifically told them that the killed a woman because she was able to identify him, referring to her as a bitch (Roper v. Simmons, 2005). By the next day, the police were made aware of what Simmons did, and arrested him at school. At the police station, he waived his rights and after a short interrogation, Simmons confessed to the murder (Roper v. Simmons, 2005). He also agreed to make a video reenactment of exactly what happened (Roper v. Simmons, 2005). At 17 years old, Simmons was charged with burglary, kidnapping, theft, and 1st degree murder. In Missouri, Simmons was tried as an adult being that he was 17 years old and committed murder (Roper v. Simmons, 2005). His confession and reenactment were used against him at trial as well as other evidence such as his planning it out and bragging about it (Roper v. Simmons, 2005). The jury convicted him of murder. The prosecution sought the death penalty arguing that Simmons murdered for money, to prevent being arrested, and his actions were simply evil and cold-blooded. Family members of the victim made compelling arguments as well (Roper v. Simmons, 2005). The defense tried to convince the court the death penalty should not be sought and presented family testimony showing that Simmons had the ability to love by taking responsibility for his brothers and grandmother. They also showed that he had no prior record (Roper v. Simmons, 2005). Both sides argued Simmons age to benefit their sides. Both the jury and judge agreed the death penalty was appropriate (Roper v. Simmons,

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