ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- A federal judge is expected to hear arguments challenging a Michigan law that bars parole for juveniles convicted of certain murders.
The American Civil Liberties Union is to argue its lawsuit Thursday in Ann Arbor on behalf of nine inmates sentenced to life in prison for crimes committed when they were minors.
One of the inmates is Henry Hill Jr., who was sentenced in the 1980 slaying of a man in Saginaw. Hill was 16 at the time.
The ACLU claims the law violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The state is defending the law and will ask Judge John Corbett O'Meara to dismiss the lawsuit.
The state says the plaintiffs waited too long to bring a challenge or should have raised the issues during earlier appeals.