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Supreme Court Rules No Life Without Parole For Teens

  In a 5-4 split decision on Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that the imposition of mandatory "life without parole" sentences for juveniles convicted of murder violates the 8th Amendment to the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Many legal scholars felt that this was likely to occur following the ruling several years ago which prevented the death sentence for crimes committed while a person was a juvenile but the increasingly conservative stance of the court made it a topic of worry. This ruling joins the 2005 case on more ยป