Court Denies Nebraska Pardons Board Hearing Request

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Nebraska Supreme Court has declined to intervene in a case involving prisoners who are serving life for crimes they committed as juveniles.

Chief Justice Michael Heavican rejected the Nebraska Pardons Board's request in a ruling issued Wednesday. Board members had asked the Supreme Court to step in after a Douglas County judge ordered them not to hold commutation hearings on the 24 prisoners.

An attorney who represents 14 of the inmates says the pardons board wants to subvert a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that threw out mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles.

A spokeswoman for Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning says the inmates are "24 of the most violent offenders in the Nebraska prison system," and it's now up to lawmakers to ensure public safety.

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