MA highest court makes ruling on convicted juveniles - Western Mass News - WGGB/WSHM

MA highest court makes ruling on convicted juveniles

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The highest court in Massachusetts has fallen in line with the U.S. Supreme Court and ruled that sentencing juveniles convicted of murder to life in prison without parole is unconstitutional.

The Supreme Judicial Court has ruled in two cases in which 17-year-old juveniles were convicted of murder, including one that dates back to 1981.

The U.S. Supreme Court previously ruled that sentencing those under 18 to life without parole violates the eighth amendment's prohibition on cruel and unusual punishments.

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