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Supreme Court Overturns Mandatory Life W/Out Parole For Juveniles

WASHINGTON (CBSMiami) – Lost amidst the hubbub of the Supreme Court’s docket on Monday was a key ruling dealing with how severe of a punishment a juvenile offender could be given. The high court ruled that laws which require juveniles convicted of murder to be sentenced to life in prison violates the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The court left open the possibility of individual juveniles to be sentenced on a case-by-case basis to life without parole. The [...]

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State: Assault Charges Dropped In Goleman High Stabbing

MIAMI (CBS4) – Miami-Dade prosecutors dropped assault and weapons charges Monday morning against Frank Acosta, the Barbara Goleman High School student who stabbed a fellow student he claimed attacked him. Acosta said he was the victim of bullying, and video taken at the time of the stabbing clearly showed he was attacked by fellow student Mauricio Padron, 17. Despite that, he was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon because he stabbed Padron with a small pocket knife. He [...]

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School fight caught on camera

MIAMI LAKES, Fla. – The attorney representing a high school senior accused of stabbing another student during a fight says cellphone video proves his client was acting in self-defense. WATCH: Cellphone video captures fight “You’ve got a student lying in wait to attack another student,” said defense attorney Frank Gaviria. Gaviria’s client, Frank Acosta, 18, is accused of stabbing Mauricio Padron, 17, at Barbara Goleman Senior High in Miami Lakes on February 7th. Gaviria released two cell phone video clips on Friday that [...]

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