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With ruling, up to 60 Mass. cases now face scrutiny

Latest sentence handed down last week in Boston

More than 60 people are currently serving sentences of life without parole in Massachusetts prisons for murders they committed when they were teenagers, cases that are likely to get new scrutiny by defense lawyers after a Supreme Court ruling Monday.

A 1996 law aimed at cracking down on juvenile “super predators” required them to be tried in adult court, but prior to that time, prosecutors could still seek to try juvenile defendants as adults.

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