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But as the adjective “socioscientific” suggests (and insofar as evaluation of moral responsibility is concerned perhaps the adjective “ethicoscientific” would be more apt), it is not demonstrable that no 16-year-old is “adequately responsible” or significantly deterred. It is rational, even if mistaken, to think the contrary. The battle must be Some Older Juveniles Should Receive the Death Penalty 53 The Court improperly considered the law of foreign countries. In coming to its decision in the Simmons case that juveniles cannot be executed, the Supreme Court’s majority also erred by taking into consideration the laws of other nations.

7 In most instances, the law treats juveniles differently. Juveniles cannot serve in the military or drink alcohol or vote in political elections. Younger juveniles cannot drive a car or hold a job. Yet in many locales, a 14-year-old who cannot legally hold a job can be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Something is seriously wrong with this picture. Such life sentences are not rational or crime deterrents. Life sentences for juveniles are bad policy and are not applied in a rational manner.

Scalia, dissenting). S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia gives a lecture at the University of Virginia’s law school in Charlottesville. S. Constitution should trump rulemaking by judges, has been extremely critical of the Supreme Court’s inconsistent rulings on the execution of minors. 55 56 Juvenile Justice Senate Resolution 92 (109th Congress) Expressing the sense of the Senate that judicial determinations regarding the meaning of the Constitution of the United States should not be based on judgments, laws, or pronouncements of foreign institutions unless such foreign judgments, laws, or pronouncements inform an understanding of the original meaning of the Constitution of the United States.

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