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  • Court Ruling Could Loosen Sentences for Some Juvenile Offenders

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    juvenile offendersJuvenile criminal offenders may have different circumstances to consider when it comes to sentencing. Previously, the interpretation of the California law tended to steer judges to harsher sentencing for juveniles convicted of some serious offenses. A recent ruling by the California Supreme court may have opened up that interpretation to allow judges to give lighter sentences to some juvenile offenders depending of the crime.

    The California Supreme Court decided Monday that teenagers may be sentenced to life without parole for some crimes, but judges also are free to hand down lighter sentences of 25 years to life.

    Prior to the unanimous ruling, California law had been interpreted as requiring judges to lean toward life without parole for 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds convicted of certain offenses. The decision overturned decades of lower-court rulings.

    The court’s action gave two men who were 17 at the time they killed the opportunity to have their sentences reconsidered by trial judges.

    The court said the sentences should be reviewed because they were handed down before the court clarified state law and before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that judges must consider a juvenile’s immaturity and capacity for change.

    The ruling, written by Justice Goodwin Liu, stemmed from appeals in two separate cases.

    In one, Andrew Lawrence Moffett robbed a store and his accomplice killed a police officer in Pittsburg, Calif.. Moffett was convicted of murder, robbery and driving a stolen vehicle.

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