Juvenile Lifers

Michigan News
8:01 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

AUDIO: Michigan Supreme Court to Decide the Fate of 350 Juvenile Lifers

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The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether more than 350 inmates sent to prison for murder as juveniles for life without parole will get a chance someday at freedom.

Rick Pluta reports on the upcoming Supreme Court decision regarding the fate of 350 juvenile lifers

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Michigan News
9:20 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Former Governor Milliken Joins Debate over Parole for Juvenile Lifers

Milliken joins effort to win parole hearings for juvenile lifersBy Rick Pluta Former Michigan Governor William Milliken says more than 350 prison inmates sentenced to life without parole as juveniles deserve a chance at freedom. Milliken - along with more than 100 law school deans and retired judges and prosecutors -- filed a brief today with the state Supreme Court. The Michigan Supreme Court holds oral arguments in the case next month. The court will decide whether a US Supreme Court decision that struck down automatic life without parole for juveniles applies retroactively - or only to current and future cases. The Milliken brief says justice demands that the decision should apply regardless of when a juvenile was sentenced.  It says juveniles sentenced before the decision have the same protections against cruel and unusual punishment as teens sentenced today. It also says Michigan's indigent defense system is particularly unfair to juveniles.   Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says families of murder victims deserve to know the rules will not be changed in their cases.  Michigan's adult-time-for-adult-crimes law was signed 18 years ago by Governor John Engler. William Milliken served as governor from 1969 to 1983.  

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Michigan News
10:46 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Juvenile 'Lifers' Have No Shot at Parole

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So-called "juvenile lifers" in Michigan would not get a chance at parole under a bill approved Tuesday by the state House. That's unless the Michigan Supreme Court or the U.S. Supreme Court rule otherwise.

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