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Judge among backers of plan to raise age of juvenile jurisdiction

Proposals to give the Juvenile Court jurisdiction over 18-year-olds got a boost from those in the criminal justice system Tuesday, as lawmakers, a judge, and a sheriff testified before the Committee on Children and Families in support of legislation to treat 17-year-olds as youthful offenders.

Judge Michael Edgerton, ­Juvenile Court chief justice, said state law wrongly assumes that 17-year-olds have the ­maturity of adults.

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