Arguments on Michigan no-parole law scheduled

ANN ARBOR (AP) -- A judge in Ann Arbor has scheduled arguments this week in a challenge to a Michigan law that bars parole for juveniles convicted of certain murders.

The American Civil Liberties Union claims the law violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The state of Michigan is defending the law and will ask federal Judge John Corbett O'Meara to dismiss the lawsuit Thursday.

The state says the nine plaintiffs waited too long to bring a challenge or should have raised the issues during earlier appeals.

The convicted killers say it's wrong that they can't go to the parole board and seek release based on rehabilitation in prison. The plaintiffs include a 28-year-old man who was convicted of a Huron County slaying that occurred when he was 14.

Published: Wed, Apr 20, 2011


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