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Juvenile lifers in Pa. lose appeal to high court

June 9, 2014
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear an appeal over whether juveniles imprisoned for life before a 2012 law change can seek new sentences.

Hundreds of inmates in Pennsylvania are serving mandatory life sentences for murders committed when they were minors.

A 2012 Supreme Court decision says judges must have discretion over whether or not to sentence juveniles to life terms.

But the high court did not say if the law should be applied retroactively. And states have since split on the question.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected the idea in a 4-3 vote.

Now the U.S. court has declined Monday to hear an appeal from the Philadelphia-based Juvenile Law Center.

The group's lawyers did not immediately return calls for comment Monday.

 
 

 

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