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MI Juvenile Lifers Bring Cases To Supreme Court

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - Michigan's highest court will decide whether prisoners serving life sentences for violent crimes they committed as minors deserve a chance for eventual release.

It's a case particularly important to Michigan because the state is home to the highest number of juvenile lifers.

The court will hear oral arguments of three cases, all involving three men who as teens committed homicides and are now serving life sentences for first degree murder, Wednesday morning.

Dakotah Eliason, Raymond Carp and Cortez Cavis will challenge their life without parole sentences based on the U.S. Supreme Court case Miller vs. Alabama. 

The Miller vs. Alabama case states that mandatory life without parole for juveniles convicted of murder violates the eighth amendment of prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment.

While the Michigan Supreme Court hears those arguments, Governor Snyder officially has signed into law a bill that aligns sentencing rules for juveniles with the U.S. Supreme Court.

That court ruled against mandatory life sentences for juveniles in 2012. The law in Michigan doesn't apply to more than 300 current state inmates who were given life without parole sentences when they were under 18.

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