Amicus Brief for Marliee Patricia Garner

Faculty Sponsor

Amanda Zelechoski


Arts and Sciences



Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 5-3-2018


This paper explores the question of whether juveniles should be held to the same decision making capabilities as adults. This question has been a topic of discussion for many years. The court case of Marilee Patricia Garner, 16, suggests that juveniles are more reckless, less mature, and have less understanding of consequences than adults do. Garner was charged as an adult with two counts of murder, a first-degree felony, after rear-ending a car and killing two people. This paper examines research that shows evidence that juveniles should not be held to the same decision making capabilities as adults since they are less mature and are often influenced by others.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

I am a senior Psychology major here at VU. I am currently taking Psychology and Law. In the class we are learning about amicus briefs and with research, this is my chosen topic.

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