High court moves away from leniency for minors who murder

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has made it easier to sentence minors convicted of murder to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The ruling reflects a change in course driven by a more conservative group of justices. In a dissent, a liberal justice accused her colleagues of gutting earlier decisions that said life without parole sentences for people under age 18 should be rare.

The current case involved a Mississippi inmate and a crime committed when he was 15.

Justices were considering whether a minor has to be found to be incapable of being rehabilitated before being sentenced to life without parole.

In a 6-3 decision Thursday that split the justices along ideological lines, the court said no.

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