Teague held that federal habeas courts could no longer upset state-court convictions for violations of so-called "new rules," not yet announced when the conviction became final. To the contrary, Miller established that this punishment is disproportionate under the Eighth Amendment." Rather, the question is how, when, and in what forum that newfound right can be enforced. I write separately to explain why the Court's resolution of the jurisdictional question, ante, at 5-14, lacks any foundation in the Constitution's text or our historical traditions. But the Justices were far more fascinated with whether they even have the authority to decide that issue in Henry Montgomery’s case. He urged that "all 'new' rules of constitutional law must, at a minimum, be applied to all those cases which are still subject to direct review by this Court at the time the 'new' decision is handed down." A maxim shown to be more relevant to this case, by the analysis that the majority omitted, is this: The Supremacy Clause does not impose upon state courts a constitutional obligation it fails to impose upon federal courts. Montgomery invoked this procedure in the East Baton Rouge Parish District Court. Petitioner states that he helped establish an inmate boxing team, of which he later became a trainer and coach. It surely cannot be a denial of due process for a court to pronounce a final judgment which, though fully in accord with federal constitutional law at the time, fails to anticipate a change to be made by this Court half a century into the future. Readers are requested to notify the Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, D. C. 20543, of any typographical or other formal errors, in order that corrections may be made before the preliminary print goes to press. The majority's imposition of Teague's first exception upon the States is all the worse because it does not adhere to that exception as initially conceived by Justice Harlan--an exception for rules that "place, as a matter of constitutional interpretation, certain kinds of primary, private individual conduct beyond the power of the criminal lawmaking authority to proscribe." Osborn v. Bank of United States, 9 Wheat. And the rewriting has consequences beyond merely making Miller's procedural guarantee retroactive. Schriro, supra, at 353. Petitioner Montgomery was 17 years old in 1963, when he killed a deputy sheriff in Louisiana. That is utterly impossible. 14-21. The distinctions . In 1963, Montgomery killed Charles Hurt, a deputy sheriff in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A penalty imposed pursuant to an unconstitutional law is no less void because the prisoner's sentence became final before the law was held unconstitutional. That constitutional command is, like all federal law, binding on state courts. NOTICE: This opinion is subject to formal revision before publication in the preliminary print of the United States Reports. Juvenile Law Center was co-counsel in Montgomery v. Louisiana, a case before the U.S. Supreme Court addressing the question of whether Miller v. Alabama (2012) applies retroactively to individuals serving mandatory juvenile life without parole sentences. 243, 250 (1965). As a result, Miller announced a substantive rule of constitutional law. That this finding is not required, however, speaks only to the degree of procedure Miller mandated in order to implement its substantive guarantee. Miller required that sentencing courts consider a child's "diminished culpability and heightened capacity for change" before condemning him or her to die in prison. State v. Mead, 2014-1051, p. 3 (La. Id., at 1296. The Court Rules That All Juveniles Sentenced to Life Must Be Given an Opportunity for Parole. . E.g., Linkletter v. Walker, 381 U. S. 618, 629 (1965) ("[T]he Constitution neither prohibits nor requires retrospective effect. Henry Montgomery has spent each day of the past 46 years knowing he was condemned to die in prison. And third, a child's character is not as 'well formed' as an adult's; his traits are 'less fixed' and his actions less likely to be 'evidence of irretrievable depravity.' This Court's precedents addressing the nature of substantive rules, their differences from procedural rules, and their history of retroactive application establish that the Constitution requires substantive rules to have retroactive effect regardless of when a conviction became final. It follows that a court has no authority to leave in place a conviction or sentence that violates a substantive rule, regardless of whether the conviction or sentence became final before the rule was announced. As those proceedings are created by state law and under the State's plenary control, amic… To support this claim, amicus points to language in Teague that characterized the Court's task as " 'defin[ing] the scope of the writ.' The decision made clear that the ban on mandatory life without parole in juvenile homicide cases applied retroactively, giving more than … Ann., Arts. As a corollary to a child's lesser culpability, Miller recognized that "the distinctive attributes of youth diminish the penological justifications" for imposing life without parole on juvenile offenders. As those proceedings are created by state law and under the State's plenary control, amicus contends, it is for state courts to define applicable principles of retroactivity. Justice Scalia, with whom Justice Thomas and Justice Alito join, dissenting. L. Rev. Learn more about FindLaw’s newsletters, including our terms of use and privacy policy. Quite possibly, " '[d]ue process of law' was originally used as a shorthand expression for governmental proceedings according to the 'law of the land' as it existed at the time of those proceedings." And the States are unquestionably entitled to take that view of things. 13 Octobre argumenté, ici à 2015 Décidé 25 Janvier, 2016; Plein nom de cas: Henry Montgomery, Requérante c. Louisiane: nos Docket. Today's decision repudiates established principles of finality. I join Justice Scalia's dissent. Kennedy, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Roberts, C. J., and Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan, JJ., joined. " Ibid. 930.3. We recommend using Cf. Penry, supra, at 330; see also Friendly, Is Innocence Irrelevant? Desist, supra, at 261, n. 2 (dissenting opinion). But the whole controversy here arises because many think there is a valid result when a defendant has been convicted under the law that existed when his conviction became final. This would neither impose an onerous burden on the States nor disturb the finality of state convictions. The lack of any limiting principle became apparent as the Court construed the federal habeas statute to supply jurisdiction to address prerequisites to a valid sentence or conviction (like an indictment). Louisiana now had new capital punishment laws where, prior to his initial trial, he was allowed to present mitigating evidence. The majority opines that because a substantive rule eliminates a State's power to proscribe certain conduct or impose a certain punishment, it has "the automatic consequence of invalidating a defendant's conviction or sentence." That evidence might have included Montgomery's young age at the time of the crime; expert testimony regarding his limited capacity for foresight, self-discipline, and judgment; and his potential for rehabilitation. Turning to the facts before it, the Court decided it was within its power to hear Siebold's claim, which did not merely protest that the conviction and sentence were "erroneous" but contended that the statute he was convicted of violating was unconstitutional and the conviction therefore void: "[I]f the laws are unconstitutional and void, the Circuit Court acquired no jurisdiction of the causes." Id., at ___ (slip op., at 9). Accordingly, as we reaffirmed just last Term, the Supremacy Clause is no independent font of substantive rights. If it were a denial of equal protection to hold an earlier defendant to a law more stringent than what exists today, it would also be a denial of equal protection to hold a later defendant to a law more stringent than what existed 50 years ago. See Oaks, Habeas Corpus in the States 1776-1865, 32 U. Chi. Last Term, in Montgomery v. Louisiana, 7× 7. Petitioner has discussed in his submissions to this Court his evolution from a troubled, misguided youth to a model member of the prison community. 11/5/13), 130 So. Wright v. West, 505 U. S. 277, 292 (1992); see Brecht v. Abrahamson, 507 U. S. 619, 633-635 (1993). Montgomery v. Louisiana . When Teague followed on Griffith's heels two years later, the opinion contained no discussion of "basic norms of constitutional adjudication," Griffith, supra, at 322, nor any discussion of the obligations of state courts. Amicus, however, reads too much into these statements. the Supreme Court held that states are constitutionally required to give retroactive effect to new substantive rules and that Miller announced a substantive rule. "No circumstances call more for the invocation of a rule of complete retroactivity." Ante, at 9. Under Miller, bear in mind, the inquiry is whether the inmate was seen to be incorrigible when he was sentenced--not whether he has proven corrigible and so can safely be paroled today. Even 20 years later, this Court reaffirmed that the Constitution posed no bar to death sentences for juveniles. 3d 264, reversed and remanded. and certainly does not establish any right to collaterally attack a final judgment of conviction." States may not disregard a controlling, constitutional command in their own courts. Miller, supra, at ___ (slip op., at 20). To ensure this conclusion is correct, the Court appointed Richard D. Bernstein as amicus curiaeto brief and argue the position that the Court lacks jurisdiction. Desist, supra, at 258 (dissenting opinion). Ibid. III, §1, and "extend[s]" that power to various "Cases . Indeed, until 1836, Vermont made no provision for any state habeas proceedings. The disparity the Court eliminates today--between prisoners whose cases were on direct review when this Court announced a new substantive constitutional rule, and those whose convictions had already become final--is one we have long considered rational. subject its trial-court determinations to no review whatever, it could a fortiori subject them to review which consists of a nonadversarial reexamination of convictions by a panel of government experts"). 1506098849-MONTGOMERY v LOUISIANA.pdf; 1506098852-Week 5 Lecture Notes.pdf; Related Posts: In the Louisiana Purchase case, United states got… In Chapter 4 – Licensing and Registering Drivers and… Montgomery College General Psychology MOVIE ANALYSIS; QS 16-17 Indirect: Preparation of statement of cash… Examine the Mexican War and its aftermath. Ante, at 9 (emphasis added). Since the rulings in Miller and Montgomery v. Louisiana, more than 500 people have been freed from prison who were once serving life without parole … Armstrong, 575 U. S., at ___ (slip op., at 4). In 1963, Montgomery killed Charles Hurt, a deputy sheriff in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana. See Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, §104, 110 Stat. . Amdt. Nearly 50 years after Montgomery was taken into custody, this Court decided that mandatory life without parole for juvenile homicide offenders violates the Eighth Amendment's prohibition on " 'cruel and unusual punishments.' Next 30 results. Oct 22 2014: DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 7, 2014. 552 U. S., at 278. That case considered a petition for a federal writ of habeas corpus following a federal conviction, and the initial issue it confronted was its jurisdiction. By holding that new substantive rules are, indeed, retroactive, Teague continued a long tradition of giving retroactive effect to constitutional rights that go beyond procedural guarantees. Montgomery v. Louisiana was featured in Life Without Parole, Supreme Court Debates (Nov. 2015). 401 U. S., at 724. Mission accomplished. Miller's prohibition on mandatory life without parole for juvenile offenders announced a new substantive rule that, under the Constitution, is retroactive in cases on state collateral review. . 567 U. S., at ___ (slip op., at 1). When, for example, this Court held in Graham v. Florida, 560 U. S. 48 (2010), that the Eighth Amendment bars life-without-parole sentences for juvenile nonhomicide offenders, Louisiana courts heard Graham claims brought by prisoners whose sentences had long been final. He has ably discharged his assigned responsibilities. See Art. Today's holding thwarts that purpose with a vengeance. . 163, 175-176 (1874). James B. Beam Distilling Co. v. Georgia, 501 U. S. 529, 541 (1991) (opinion of Souter, J.). 11/23/11), 77 So. In re Winship, 397 U. S. 358, 378 (1970) (Black, J., dissenting) (emphasis added); accord, Johnson v. United States, 576 U. S. ___, ___ (2015) (Thomas, J., concurring in judgment) (slip op., at 17). Having created jurisdiction by ripping Teague's first exception from its moorings, converting an equitable rule governing federal habeas relief to a constitutional command governing state courts as well, the majority proceeds to the merits. Art. 1970). 2d 1172 (per curiam). . Teague warned against the intrusiveness of "continually forc[ing] the States to marshal resources in order to keep in prison defendants whose trials and appeals conformed to then-existing constitutional standards." Last Term, in Montgomery v. Louisiana, 7× 7. See Art. Copyright © 2020, Thomson Reuters. 441, 466 (1963). But that Clause does not specify the scope of the writ. 479 U. S., at 322 (emphasis added). (a) Teague v. Lane, 489 U. S. 288, a federal habeas case, set forth a framework for the retroactive application of a new constitutional rule to convictions that were final when the new rule was announced. Mackey, 401 U. S., at 692 (emphasis added). " Ante, at 13 (quoting Yates, supra, at 218). The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday in Montgomery v.Louisiana that its ban on mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juvenile offenders … If the Constitution prevented courts from enforcing a void conviction or sentence even after the conviction is final, this Court would have been incapable of withdrawing relief. At the time of that decision, "[m]ere error in the judgment or proceedings, under and by virtue of which a party is imprisoned, constitute[d] no ground for the issue of the writ." Montgomery v. Louisiana, No. Thomas, J., filed a dissenting opinion. Nov 3 2014: Response Requested . The same possibility of a valid result does not exist where a substantive rule has eliminated a State's power to proscribe the defendant's conduct or impose a given punishment. Nor can the Equal Protection Clause justify requiring courts on collateral review to apply new substantive rules retroactively. for Cert. On June 25, 2012, the Supreme Court issued an historic ruling in Miller v. Alabama, holding that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger convicted of homicide are unconstitutional. Trending. 567 U. S., at ___ (slip op., at 17). 2013-1163 (6/20/14), 141 So. the Supreme Court held that states are constitutionally required to give retroactive effect to new substantive rules and that Miller announced a substantive rule. In Siebold, however, the petitioners attacked the judgments on the ground that they had been convicted under unconstitutional statutes. Shortly after this Court announced Teague v. Lane, 489 U. S. 288 (1989), the Louisiana Supreme Court adopted Teague's framework to govern the provision of postconviction remedies available to state prisoners in its state courts as a matter of state law. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to death, but the Louisiana Supreme Court reversed his conviction after finding that public prejudice had prevented a fair trial. 1-4 (La. Court-appointed amicus contends that because Teague was an interpretation of the federal habeas statute, not a constitutional command, its retroactivity holding has no application in state collateral review proceedings. And Danforth held only that Teague's general rule of nonretroactivity was an interpretation of the federal habeas statute and does not prevent States from providing greater relief in their own collateral review courts. fairly implicated by the trial process below and properly presented on appeal, federal courts have never had a similar obligation on habeas corpus." This decision potentially affects up to 2,300 cases nationwide. 3d 829, 841, with Diatchenko v. District Attorney for Suffolk Dist., 466 Mass. (b) When a new substantive rule of constitutional law controls the outcome of a case, the Constitution requires state collateral review courts to give retroactive effect to that rule. What provision of the Constitution could conceivably produce such a result? This argument, however, conflates a procedural requirement necessary to implement a substantive guarantee with a rule that "regulate[s] only the manner of determining the defendant's culpability." The jury returned a verdict of "guilty without capital punishment," which carried an automatic sentence of life without parole. This Court granted Montgomery's petition for certiorari. it has a duty to grant the relief that federal law requires"). . 567 U. S., at ___-___ (slip op., at 9-10) (internal quotation marks omitted). He appealed to the Louisiana Supreme Court, and his conviction was overturned because of community prejudice. Aud. Ibid. The deterrence rationale likewise does not suffice, since "the same characteristics that render juveniles less culpable than adults--their immaturity, recklessness, and impetuosity--make them less likely to consider potential punishment." Before Miller, every juvenile convicted of a homicide offense could be sentenced to life without parole. 3d 137 (per curiam). Therefore they took extreme interest in Montgomery v. Louisiana. In 1963, Montgomery killed Charles Hurt, a deputy sheriff in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Desist, 394 U. S., at 261 (Harlan, J., dissenting). The Danforth majority limited its analysis to Teague's general retroactivity bar, leaving open the question whether Teague's two exceptions are binding on the States as a matter of constitutional law. 2013-1163 (La. See 489 U. S., at 292, 312 (discussing Mackey v. United States, 401 U. S. 667, 692 (1971) (opinion concurring in judgments in part and dissenting in part); and Desist v. United States, 394 U. S. 244, 261, n. 2 (1969) (Harlan, J., dissenting)). 2d 296, 296-297 (La. 882, 926 (West 2008). Rather, it endorses the exception as expanded by Penry, to include "rules prohibiting a certain category of punishment for a class of defendants because of their status or offense." Compare Mapp v. Ohio, 367 U. S. 643, 654-660 (1961) (courts on direct review must exclude evidence obtained in violation of the Fourth Amendment), with Stone v. Powell, 428 U. S. 465, 489-496 (1976) (no relitigation of such claims on collateral review). . . See ibid. Amicus argues that a State is under no obligation to give a new rule of constitutional law retroactive effect in its own collateral review proceedings. " Miller v. Alabama, 567 U. S. ___, ___. The majority, however, divines from Siebold "a general principle" that "a court has no authority to leave in place a conviction or sentence that violates a substantive rule, regardless of whether the conviction or sentence became final before the rule was announced." This conscription into federal service of state postconviction courts is nothing short of astonishing. We established in Griffith that this Court must play by our own "old rules"--rules we have settled before the defendant's conviction and sentence become final, even those that are a "clear break from existing precedent"--for cases pending before us on direct appeal. cannot run afoul of the Equal Protection Clause if there is a rational relationship between the disparity of treatment and some legitimate governmental purpose." Moreover, when Congress authorized appeals as a matter of right in federal criminal cases, the Court renounced Siebold and stopped entertaining federal habeas chal-lenges to the constitutionality of the statute under which a defendant was sentenced or convicted. 882. The trial court denied Montgomery's motion on the ground that Miller is not retroactive on collateral review. In re Nielsen, 131 U. S. 176, 183 (1889). under the Eighth Amendment." Penry, 492 U. S., at 330; see also Schriro, supra, at 353 (A substantive rule "alters the range of conduct or the class of persons that the law punishes"). Fidelity to this important principle of federalism, however, should not be construed to demean the substantive character of the federal right at issue. Internet Explorer 11 is no longer supported. Today's holding not only forecloses Congress from eliminating this expansion of Teague in federal courts, but also foists this distortion upon the States. Henry Montgomery, Petitioner: v. Louisiana: Docketed: September 9, 2014: Lower Ct: Supreme Court of Louisiana: Case Nos. After all, one of the justifications the Court gave for decreeing an end to the death penalty for murders (no matter how many) committed by a juvenile was that life without parole was a severe enough punishment. 3d 928, 928-929 (per curiam) (considering claim on collateral review that this Court's decision in Graham v. Florida, 560 U. S. 48, rendered petitioner's life-without-parole sentence illegal). See Bator, 76 Harv. Teague's central purpose was to do away with the old regime's tendency to "continually force the States to marshal resources in order to keep in prison defendants whose trials and appeals conformed to then-existing constitutional standards." Louisiana suggests that Miller cannot have made a constitutional distinction between children whose crimes reflect transient immaturity and those whose crimes reflect irreparable corruption because Miller did not require trial courts to make a finding of fact regarding a child's incorrigibility. Substantive rules, then, set forth categorical constitutional guarantees that place certain criminal laws and punishments altogether beyond the State's power to impose. Miller, it is true, did not bar a punishment for all juvenile offenders, as the Court did in Roper or Graham. 8, in our newly enlightened society. The Court portrays Ex parte Siebold, 100 U. S. 371 (1880), as a departure from this history and as the genesis of a constitutional principle that "a conviction obtained under an unconstitutional law warrants habeas relief." Teague originated in a federal, not state, habeas proceeding; so it had no particular reason to discuss whether any part of its holding was required by the Constitution in addition to the federal habeas statute. Mackey, supra, at 684 (emphasis added). Throughout our history, postconviction relief for alleged constitutional defects in a conviction or sentence was available as a matter of legislative grace, not constitutional command. Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center, Inc., 575 U. S. ___, ___ (2015) (slip op., at 3). 1219, codified at 28 U. S. C. §2254(d)(1); Greene, 565 U. Id., at 261-262. 567 U. S., at ___ (slip op., at 20). Ante, at 9. As discussed, the Court has concluded that the same logic governs a challenge to a punishment that the Constitution deprives States of authority to impose. Dec 10 2014: Reply of petitioner Henry Montgomery filed. In the passage from Mackey that the majority's opinion quotes, ante, at 13, Justice Harlan noted the diminishing force of finality (and hence the equitable propriety--not the constitutional requirement--of disregarding it) when the law punishes nonpunishable conduct, see 401 U. S., at 693. Montgomery c. Louisiane; Cour suprême des États-Unis . The majority places great weight upon the dictum in Yates that the South Carolina habeas court " 'ha[d] a duty to grant the relief that federal law requires.' Pp. 5-8. Almost 50 years later, in 2012, the Supreme Court decided Miller v. Not until our People's "standards of decency" evolved a mere 10 years ago--nearly 40 years after Montgomery's sentence was imposed--did this Court declare the death penalty unconstitutional for juveniles. (Response due October 9, 2014) Oct 9 2014: Waiver of right of respondent Louisiana to respond filed. In Penry v. Lynaugh, decided four months after Teague, the Court recognized that "the first exception set forth in Teague should be understood to cover not only rules forbidding criminal punishment of certain primary conduct but also rules prohibiting a certain category of punishment for a class of defendants because of their status or offense." Please try again. . Montgomery v. Louisiana, 577 U.S. ___ (2016), was a United States Supreme Court case in which the Court held that its previous ruling in Miller v. Alabama, 567 U.S. ___ (2012), held that a mandatory life sentence without parole should not apply to juveniles convicted of murder, should be applied retroactively. But, as Justice Harlan had explained, that view of Article III has no force on collateral review: "While the entire theoretical underpinnings of judicial review and constitutional supremacy dictate that federal courts having jurisdiction on direct review adjudicate every issue of law . See ante, at 8-14. Justice Kennedy delivered the opinion of the Court. That Clause merely supplies a rule of decision: If a federal constitutional right exists, that right supersedes any contrary provisions of state law. Montgomery c Louisiane-Montgomery v. Louisiana. as Amici Curiae 9-17.) The town has a poverty rate of 37 percent and a median household income of just under $22,000. . This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Montgomery, now 69 years old, has spent almost his entire life in prison. Wright, supra, at 293 (internal quotation marks omitted). Teague recognized, however, two categories of rules that are not subject to its general retroactivity bar. Compare, e.g., Martin v. Symmes, 782 F. 3d 939, 943 (CA8 2015); Johnson v. Ponton, 780 F. 3d 219, 224-226 (CA4 2015); Chambers v. State, 831 N. W. 2d 311, 331 (Minn. 2013); and State v. Tate, 2012-2763, p. 17 (La. Statement of the Facts: In 1963, 17-year-old Montgomery killed a deputy sheriff in Louisiana. . One would think, then, that it is none of our business that a 69-year-old Louisiana prisoner's state-law motion to be resentenced according to Miller v. Alabama, 567 U. S. ___ (2012), a case announced almost half a century after his sentence was final, was met with a firm rejection on state-law grounds by the Louisiana Supreme Court. §6-10-301(c) (2013) (juvenile homicide offenders eligible for parole after 25 years). And the First Congress, in prescribing federal habeas jurisdiction in the 1789 Judiciary Act, understood its scope to reflect "the black-letter principle of the common law that the writ was simply not available at all to one convicted of crime by a court of competent jurisdiction." . Of course the italicized phrase begs the question. To the contrary, Miller established that this punishment is disproportionate under the Eighth Amendment. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to death, but the Louisiana Supreme Court reversed his conviction after finding that public prejudice had prevented a fair trial. He was convicted, and the verdict resulted in an automatic life-without-parole sentence. Whatever the desirability of that choice, it is one the Constitution allows States to make. " Id., at ___ (slip op., at 10) (quoting Graham, 560 U. S., at 72). 3d 829, which held that Miller does not have retroactive effect in cases on state collateral review. (quoting Roper v. Simmons, 543 U. S. 551, 573 (2005)). Waiver of right of respondent Louisiana to respond filed. See United States v. United States Coin & Currency, 401 U. S. 715, 724. Ante, at 11. Griffith v. Kentucky, 479 U. S. 314, 328 (1987) (holding that on direct review, a new constitutional rule must be applied retroactively "to all cases, state or federal"). Thus in Griffith v. Kentucky, 479 U. S. 314 (1987), the Court suggested--based on Justice Harlan's views--that "after we have decided a new rule in the case selected, the integrity of judicial review requires that we apply that rule to all similar cases pending on direct review." "[E]ven the use of impeccable factfinding procedures could not legitimate a verdict" where "the conduct being penalized is constitutionally immune from punishment." But Siebold--a case construing the scope of federal habeas review under the 1789 Judiciary Act--does not support the Court's position. Montgomery's motion argued that Miller rendered his mandatory life-without-parole sentence illegal. As stated above, a procedural rule "regulate[s] only the manner of determining the defendant's culpability." And again five years ago this Court left in place this severe sanction for juvenile homicide offenders. Ante, at 17. We have jurisdiction under 28 U. S. C. §1257 only if the Louisiana Supreme Court's decision implicates a federal right. . The Court recognized that a sentencer might encounter the rare juvenile offender who exhibits such irretrievable depravity that rehabilitation is impossible and life without parole is justified. The Louisiana Supreme Court denied the application. Microsoft Edge. Second, children 'are more vulnerable to negative influences and outside pressures,' including from their family and peers; they have limited 'control over their own environment' and lack the ability to extricate themselves from horrific, crime-producing settings. It follows that when a State enforces a proscription or penalty barred by the Constitution, the resulting conviction or sentence is, by definition, unlawful. 193, 202 (1830) ("An imprisonment under a judgment cannot be unlawful, unless that judgment be an absolute nullity; and it is not a nullity if the court has general jurisdiction of the subject, although it should be erroneous"). Ante, at 13. Justice Harlan called upon the Court to engage in "informed and deliberate consideration" of "whether the States are constitutionally required to apply [Gideon's] new rule retrospectively, which may well require the reopening of cases long since finally adjudicated in accordance with then applicable decisions of this Court." 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