Judge Says All Juvenile Lifers Are Eligible for Parole

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

"Schuette spokeswoman Joy Yearout says the decision would force victims' families to 'relive horrible tragedies' and says he'll appeal."

A federal judge says Michigan must grant parole consideration to anyone convicted of murder as a juvenile, rejecting the state attorney general's request that the decision apply only to nine convicts who challenged the law.
Michigan law mandates a life-without-parole sentence for first-degree murder.
At issue now is whether the state must retroactively implement a 2012 Supreme Court decision that struck down mandatory no-parole sentences for juveniles as cruel and unusual punishment.
Federal Judge John Corbett O'Meara in Ann Arbor on Monday rejected Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's request to apply the decision only to the nine people who sued with American Civil Liberties Union help.
Schuette spokeswoman Joy Yearout says the decision would force victims' families to "relive horrible tragedies" and says he'll appeal.


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