Juvenile Law Center

Juvenile and Criminal Justice

Phillips v. Ohio

Ronald Phillips was sentenced to death for a rape and murder committed when he was a teenager. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP filed an amicus brief on behalf of Juvenile Law Center, Atlantic Center for Capital Representation, and Vincent Schiraldi in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Mr. Phillips’ Petition for Writ of Certiorari. Our brief argued that current scientific research and a clear national consensus confirms that the characteristics of youth underpinning the Court’s ban of the juvenile death penalty in Roper (for youth under the age of 18) are in fact present among 18- to 21-year-olds and that the Court should grant review in order to ensure that the imposition of the death penalty is not unconstitutionally imposed on developing youth.

On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Mr. Phillips' petition. He was executed the following day.

Further Reading

"Ronald Phillips Executed in Ohio, Ending Three-Year Break," Tracy Connor, NBC News, 7/26/2017


Case Number
Amicus Curiae
July 21, 2017
U.S. Supreme Court
State of Origin

Support Juvenile Law Center

One of the most important lessons from our 40 years of experience is that children involved with the justice and foster care systems need zealous legal advocates. Your support for our work is more important now than ever before. Support