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Seminal Cases of Juvenile Case Law

Jerrell J., 2005 WI 105, 283 Wis. 2d 145
Challenging Juvenile Statements


State v. Cesar G., 2004 WI 61

A circuit court has discretion to stay the part of a dispositional order requiring a delinquent child to register as a sex offender

Roper v. Simmons (2005)
“Youth are immature and reckless, more susceptible to peer pressure, developing and therefore transient by nature.”

Graham v. Florida (2010)
“…because juveniles have less culpability they are less deserving of the most severe punishments.”

JDB v. North Carolina (2011)
Youth “…often lack the experience, perspective, and judgment to recognize and avoid choices that could be detrimental to them…”

Miller v. Alabama (2012)
The penalty when imposed on a teenager, as compared to an older person, is therefore “…the same…in name only.”

Montgomery v. Louisiana (2016)
Sentencing court must consider juvenile’s “limited capacity for foresight, self discipline, judgment…and potential for rehabilitation

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