Case Conclusion Date: 05.05.2008
Practice Area: Appeals
Description: Appeal of denial of petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus for Petitioner who accidentally killed another child during after school fistfight. Petitioner argued that punishing him as an adult without first giving him a transfer hearing from juvenile court was cruel and unusual punishment, as well as a violation of his right to due process, that pre-trial publicity regarding the Columbine massacre affected his case so as to prejudice his rights and that Sandstrom error by trial court caused the jury to infer an essential element of the crime of murder in convicting defendant. The Eleventh Circuit affirmed the denial of the writ.