Supreme Court Case
July 15th, 2013
Supreme Court Case
Have you ever wondered if there is such a thing as to serious a judgment on a criminal case? In this paper I am bringing to light the case of The People VS. Rodrigo Caballero. In this case Caballero shot at a rival gang, in which he injured one individual. While being charged with three counts of willful, deliberate and premeditated attempted murder he was given a sentence of 110 years to life. While his crime is a serious offense, was the sentence given just?
What Makes This Case Interesting
This case is interesting because a juvenile was sentenced to 110 years to life without parole which violates the Eight Amendment. The Eight Amendment …show more content…
Article VI of the U.S. Constitution asserts that “This Constitution … shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.” Statutes and ordinances are laws passed by Congress and by state legislatures that make up most of criminal law. Each state has a statutory criminal code as does the federal government.
Appellate court decisions are legal opinions having the status of law as stated by the appellate courts become case law. Such law results from appellate court interpretations of statutory law or from court decisions where rules have not yet been codified in statutes. The purposes of criminal law that relates to this case are: to deter people from criminal activity and to stipulate the degree of seriousness of criminal conduct. The sentencing that was cast from the judge in this case seems aimed more to deter other juveniles from possibly committing the same …show more content…
An accomplice is often present or directly aids in the commission of the crime. The principle of accomplice liability is based on the notion that any individual who aids, abets, encourages, or assists another person to commit a crime should share in the criminal liability that accrues under law. “Criminal liability is the legal responsibility for a crime against the state, making the perpetrator subject to prosecution in a court of law and punishment (wiseGeek, 2003-2013).”
Accomplice liability in this case would be the gang that Rodrigo Caballero is a member of. They assisted in the crime by driving Caballero to the scene where the rival gang members were. Criminal liability in this case would be Caballero. He committed the crime of willful, deliberate, and premeditated attempted murder which makes him legally responsible for the crime. Since he is legally responsible for this crime, Caballero was prosecuted and punished for his