State Supreme Court to hear juvenile lifer cases

Three men who as teenagers were sentenced to life without parole for first-degree murder will have their cases heard by the Michigan Supreme Court in oral arguments next week.
The defendants in People v Carp, People v Davis, and People v Eliason challenge their life-without-parole sentences based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Miller v Alabama.
 The Miller Court held that mandatory life without parole for juveniles convicted of murder violates the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. 
Among the issues before Michigan’s high court: How Miller applies to Michigan sentencing in homicide cases and whether Miller applies retroactively in cases where offenders have already unsuccessfully appealed their sentences.
The Court will hear oral arguments in its courtroom on the sixth floor of the Michigan Hall of Justice on March 5 and 6, starting at 9:30 a.m. each day.
 Oral arguments are open to the public.
Hearings are live streamed at www.courts.mi.gov.
Summaries of the cases the Supreme Court will hear are posted at www.courts.mi.gov/Courts/
MichiganSupremeCourt/oral- arguments/Pages/.

 

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