Juvenile Court Case: Kent Vs. United States

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Supreme Court cases can shape our national laws; it can shape an American citizen’s future. Without them, the Bill of Rights could be left up for our own interpretation. This could cause unfair laws and create havoc. In 1966, a court case named Kent vs United Sates took place. This case could create the ability to shape a juvenile's life forever. The court case, Kent vs. United States took place in 1966. This case was about Morris Kent, a 16-year-old boy who had been on probation since he was fourteen. Morris has just been arrested again for three counts of home burglary, three counts of robbery, and two counts of rape in the state of Washington. Because of the seriousness of his charges and the fact that he had been in court before, prosecutors attempted to have Morris tried in adult court. Because of this, Kent's lawyer told the judge that he had a mental illness while committing these crimes, he wanted Morris to stay in juvenile court, where the penalties would be much less severe. Alas, the judge didn't listen to the lawyer and sent Morris to be tried in adult court. While there, he was found guilty and sentenced to 30-90 years in prison. Morris appealed, saying that case should've stayed in …show more content…

These laws let minors enter the adult court without giving the defendants a fair chance to fight back. This case has helped create a better, more constitutionally correct juvenile court system. Supreme Court cases have the ability to help shape our future, they can change our laws for the better or worse. Kent vs the United States helped create clearer laws for juveniles going through the court system. Yes, we gathered that his rights were indeed, violated. However, were Kent's they morally correct? Another question that should go into play is, should the justices make their decisions based off of the morality of the situation? The answer to that is up for you to

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