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The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that minors convicted of murder can be given a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Why it matters: The 6-3 decision comes as a reversal from recent leniency for juveniles, reflecting the conservative opinions on the bench.

The case involved Brett Jones who stabbed his grandfather in Mississippi to death in a dispute over the boy's girlfriend.

  • Jones, who was 15 years old when the incident occurred, was convicted of murder, and a judge sentenced him to life without parole.

What they're saying: The Supreme Court sided with the state of Mississippi, writing: "The argument the sentencer must make a finding of permanent incorrigibility is inconsistent with the Court’s precedents."

    • Previous rulings only mandated that a judge consider "an offender’s youth and attendant characteristics" before issuing the sentence, Justice Brett Kavanaugh added.
    • The court's three liberal justices dissented, with Justice Sonia Sotomayor writing that juvenile offenders serving life without parole want "the opportunity, at some point in their lives, to show a parole board all they have done to rehabilitate themselves and to ask for a second chance."

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DeSantis signs onto Supreme Court brief supporting Mississippi effort to toss out Roe v. Wade

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis joined ten other Republican governors Thursday in asking the Supreme Court to essentially let states ban abortion and regulate it in ways not currently allowed, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Why it matters: With the court’s newly-installed 6-3 conservative majority, this is the best chance Republicans have had in decades to take on abortion rights.

Biden rejects Trump's latest executive privilege claims

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The White House on Monday rejected two more of former President Trump's claims of executive privilege over documents that the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot requested, CNN first reported.

Why it matters: Trump's legal team is seeking to block some of the panel's requests for records by invoking executive privilege, which can allow presidents and their aides to sidestep congressional scrutiny. The Biden administration has maintained that it will evaluate on a case-by-case basis.

Amazon warehouse workers in New York file petition to hold unionization vote

Amazon workers and their supporters rally outside the National Labor Relations Board's regional office in Brooklyn, New York City, after filing a petition requesting an election to form a union. Photo: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Amazon warehouse workers in New York City filed a petition on Monday with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hold a vote on unionization.

Why it matters: The move comes six months after an organizing effort was defeated at Amazon's distribution center in Alabama.