In United States v. McCain, the Fourth Circuit held that sentencing a seventeen-year-old to life in prison without the possibility of parole did not violate the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
Tagged: Fourth Circuit Summaries
In Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board, the Fourth Circuit held that the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681(a), protect transgender students from school bathroom policies that prohibit them from affirming their gender.
In United States v. Medley, the Fourth Circuit vacated a defendant’s conviction for violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1), possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, after finding that the failure to include the knowledge-of-felon-status element in the defendant’s indictment was a plain error affecting the defendant’s substantial rights.