Hearings to resentence juvenile lifers on hold
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ A lawsuit filed by 14 Nebraska prison inmates serving life for crimes they committed as juveniles will now take months, if not years, to proceed through the courts.
The inmates filed the legal challenge to prevent the Nebraska Board of Pardons from resentencing them in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that threw out life sentences without parole for juveniles.
Last month, a Douglas County judge ordered the board not to hold commutation hearings for the inmates until their lawsuit is resolved. The pardons board asked the Nebraska Supreme Court to intervene right away, but the request was denied on Wednesday.
Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning is calling on lawmakers to address the issue when they convene next year. A spokeswoman for the attorney general refused to elaborate.
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