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Court lays down the law for Philly's juvenile lifers

Mar 7, 2017 - Philadelphia Inquirer

In criminal court, the ground rules are typically set: who has the burden of proof, to what standard they must prove it, what sentencing statute applies, and whether it's up to a judge or jury to decide.

But in the cases of the more than 300 juvenile lifers from Philadelphia being resentenced following a pair of Supreme Court decisions – Miller v. Alabama, finding that automatic life-without-parole sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional, and Montgomery v. Louisiana, requiring P

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