Khaled AF Al Odah v. United States
Friday, August 24, 2007
Court: U.S. Supreme Court
Topic: Military Commission Act lacks jurisdiction over juveniles
Military commissions convened pursuant to the Military Commission Act lack jurisdiction over juveniles. Congress specifically chose to leave jurisdiction over juveniles out of the Act because of federal law which recognizes there is a distinct development difference between adults and adolescents. Additionally Congress has differentiated between adults and adolescents in criminal law, and there is significant recent social science that supports the view that adults and adolescents are very different.
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