Mike Doyle

Judge hears arguments in federal lawsuit on juvenile life sentences

Judge hears arguments in federal lawsuit on juvenile life sentences

Three men serving life sentences in Maryland prisons for crimes they committed as teenagers appeared in a packed Baltimore courtroom on Wednesday as a federal judge heard arguments in their lawsuit challenging the state's parole system.

It was the first hearing in the case, filed last year by the ACLU of Maryland amid a national debate over lengthy sentences for juveniles.

Attorneys for the three prisoners, who are now in their 50s, say Maryland's parole system does not comply with requirements of a series of Supreme Court decisions that found life-without-parole sentences for youths charged as adults are unconstitutional except in rare cases. Their lawsuit named Gov. Larry...

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