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Court to decide if life terms for minors are constitutional

A year after holding that sentencing a juvenile to life without parole in non-murder cases violates the Constitution’s Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether imposing such a sentence on ...

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Defense lawyers cheer child ‘Miranda’ protection ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that the age of a juvenile is a factor that must be considered in determining whether the child is “in custody” for Miranda purposes is common-sense protection against coercive interrogation techniques, defense attorneys and juvenile ...

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Court considers whether age affects ‘Miranda’ rights

"You are free to leave" is a statement that seems easy enough to understand. But when those words are told to a young person at school, does the child's age make a difference under Miranda v. Arizona? That's the question the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court considered Wednesday during oral arguments in J.D.B v. North Carolina.

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