Justice Alito Mixes Up Prison Administrator And Child Killer

In an opinion dissenting from today’s Supreme Court’s decision forbidding mandatory life sentences for juvenile offenders, Justice Samuel Alito references a man named Donald Roper who, according to Alito, “committed a brutal thrill-killing just nine months shy of his 18th birthday.” Donald Roper, however, is the name of a prison superintendent who was named in a previous Supreme Court case prohibiting juvenile offenders from being executed. There is no evidence that Mr. Roper ever killed anyone. Alito likely mixed up Roper with the other party in that case, Christopher Simmons, who did indeed commit murder at the age of 17.


The Court posted a revised copy of the opinion, which corrects Alito’s error.

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