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SJC adds protection for young defendants

In a far-reaching decision, the state’s highest court upheld the dismissal of a murder indictment against a Lynn teenager, reflecting a growing legal consensus that juvenile defendants’ youth makes them less culpable of their crimes.

The ruling sets forth new law, requir­ing prosecutors to tell grand ­juries that juveniles indicted on murder charges will be tried as adults, infor­mation that might prompt jurors to instead consider lesser charges.

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