Abdul-Kabir v. Quarterman

Amicus curiae brief of the Child Welfare League of America, the Juvenile Law Center, and NACDL in support of petitioners.

Brief filed: 11/27/2006


Abdul-Kabir v. Quarterman

United States Supreme Court; Case No. 05-11284 & 05-11287


Evidence of an adverse childhood or adolescence – including evidence of child abuse, neglect, domestic violence and mental illness – is relevant evidence during the penalty phase of a capital case. The link between the harm cause by childhood trauma and subsequent antisocial or criminal behavior is reflected in state and federal laws, and jurors must be allowed to consider the relevance of the defendant’s victimization as a youth.

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Jeffrey J. Pokorak, et al., Suffolk Univ. Law School, Boston, MA.