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U.S. SUPREME COURT: AMICUS BRIEFS FILED IN LANDMARK CASE



On July 19, 2004, amicus briefs in support of ending the execution of juvenile offenders were filed in Roper v. Simmons (No. 03-0633) that will decide whether the execution of juvenile defendants is a violation of the Eighth Ammendment. In addition to the defendant's brief, amicus briefs were submitted by such notables as President Jimmy

Psychiatrists Question Death for Teen Killers

Psychiatrists Question Death for Teen Killers
By PAUL DAVIES
Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
May 26, 2004; Page B1


In 1993, when 17-year-old Christopher Simmons abducted and murdered his neighbor, little did he know that some of the nation's top brain researchers and psychiatrists would one day rush to his defense before the Supreme Court.

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New research shows stark differences in teen brains

May 11, 2004: Scripps Howard News Service

New research shows stark differences in teen brains

By Lee Bowman


Recent popular films depicting teenagers suddenly housed in adult bodies have more than a little truth in them.

The latest brain research has found strong evidence that when it comes to maturity, organization and control, key parts of the brain related to emotions, judgment and "thinking ahead" are the last to arrive.

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What Makes Teens Tick; A flood of hormones, sure. But also a host of structural changes in the brain. Can those explain the behaviors that make adolescence so exciting--and so exasperating?

Time Magazine

May 10, 2004

What Makes Teens Tick; A flood of hormones, sure. But also a host of structural changes in the brain. Can those explain the behaviors that make adolescence so exciting--and so exasperating?

By Claudia Wallis; Kristina Dell, with reporting by Alice Park/New York


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Teachers and Students: Juvenile Death Penalty Resources

TEACHERS and STUDENTS

The issue of whether juvenile offenders should be eligible for the death penalty will come before the U. S. Supreme Court this fall.

DPIC has a number of resources that may be helpful to you in addressing this issue in schools, churches, and other venues:

Recent Op-Eds Regarding Roper v. Simmons

CLICK HERE TO RETURN TO THE ROPER v. SIMMONS PAGE

Op-Eds are listed in chronological order, with links to the articles below:

Julie Baxter, The Coloradoan

Vivian Berger, National Law Journal

Jeffrey P. Brosco, Tampa (FL) Tribune

U. S. Supreme Court: Roper v. Simmons, No. 03-633

Editorials Regarding Roper v. Simmons

The Following Newspapers Have Published Editorials Supporting the Abolition of the Juvenile Death Penalty:

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