Juvenile lifers argument continues today

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The debate continues Thursday about whether judges should have the power to sentence teens to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Last year, a panel of three judges ruled that life without parole sentences for convicts under the age of 18 should be given by juries rather than judges.

Yesterday a special group of Michigan Court of Appeals judges met to hear arguments from both sides.

The Genesee County prosecutor argued judges have the right to hand down sentencing once the jury renders a verdict but the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan say giving that power to a judge is unconstitutional.

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