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Elena Kagan

Supreme Court asked to help inmates serving life for crimes committed as youths

The Supreme Court will hear a plea for freedom Tuesday on behalf of more than 1,500 aging prisoners who were sentenced to life for their role in murders committed before they were 18. At issue is whether these formerly juvenile criminals deserve at least a chance to go free on parole if they no longer pose a danger. The justices will hear from lawyers for Henry Montgomery, a 69-year old Louisiana inmate who, at age 17, shot and killed a Baton Rouge police officer in November 1963, just days before the assassination of President Kennedy. "This is about a basic sense of fairness. Many hundreds of individuals are being denied the benefit of a decision that fundamentally...