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Judge: Juvenile Lifers Must Have New Sentencing Hearings

August 13, 2013



A federal judge has ordered new sentencing hearings for more than three hundred prisoners in Michigan who were sentenced to life without parole as juveniles. The order reinforces last year’s Supreme Court ruling that mandatory lifer laws for juveniles are unconstitutional. It’s also a setback for Michigan’s attorney general, who says the order will force crime victims to relive their pain in court. Peter Henning is a law professor at Wayne State University. The former prosecutor tells WDET's Pat Batcheller that it doesn't necessarily mean any inmates will be released soon. Click on the audio link above to hear the conversation.