Juvenile lifers on docket in Mich. top court

(file photo)
(file photo)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court is hearing arguments to determine whether more than 300 prisoners could someday get a shot at parole.

The court will decide how to apply a U.S. Supreme Court ruling to Michigan prisoners who are serving no-parole sentences for murder committed when they were under 18. Arguments are set for Thursday.

The nation’s highest court says teens can’t automatically get no-parole sentences for murder, like adults. The court says teens are different and deserve a hearing that explores their childhood and why they committed the crime.

But the U.S. Supreme Court didn’t say if the decision should be applied retroactively to current inmates.

Separately, a federal judge has ordered parole hearings, but an appeals court suspended that decision.

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