Roper vs Simmons (2005) Amendment 8

By Clayton Patnode, Nick Pierce, Peter Tarkenton

What Was This Case About

This case was about a boy named Simmons. Me committed a murder and was sentenced to death. What he did was he kidnapped his neighbor tied her up in duct tape and threw her of a bridge.The body wasn't found for days. Why was this case questionable Well the Jury were trying to find the murder witch was Simmons ,and was sentence to death but he was only 17 and not 18 when he committed the crime. He was sentenced to death, and killed. Somebody thought that Simmons Amendment 8 was being violated. So the supreme court took up the case. What did they say?

When Did The Murder Take Place

Tuesday, March 1st 2005 at 2am

Fenton, Missouri, United States

Fenton, MO

What was the Supreme Court's Final Say

You couldn't be sentenced to death at the age of 17 but, the Jury took about 9 months and so now he is 18 so he can be sentenced to death but, he committed the crime when he was 17. So what would be the final call death or prison.


The Jury said.... Simmons was the age 17 when he did the crime even though now that we found out it was Simmons that did the crime and he was 18 when we found out but 17 when he did the crime. He should have a punishment but, should not be sentenced to death.


It turns out that amendment 8 (No cruel punishment) was being violated, and Simmons should not be sentence to death.

Our Thought's

Clayton Patnode: I thought the Supreme court made the right decision because. He committed the crime when he was 17, and not 18, so he should not be sentence to death even though he killed a women.


Peter Tarkenton: I think even though he committed murder since he was seventeen he should not have been executed. However he should have gotten a severe punishment.


Nick Pierce: I thought that the Supreme court made the right decision because he did the crime when he was 17 so they shouldn't have killed him. Even though he was 18 when they found out it was Simmons that did the crime.

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