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Minimum age on life sentences for murder? Supreme Court justices debate

The Supreme Court has taken up the controversial issue of life in prison for juvenile offenders. NBC's Pete Williams reports.

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday on whether sentences of life without parole given to two 14-year-olds convicted of murder were too harsh considering their age. The justices seemed concerned about where to draw the line.

“Is there a minimum age?” asked Justice Stephen Breyer. “Is it 10? Is it 8?"


Justice Antonin Scalia suggested it be left to the states – which is what Alabama is arguing in this case.

See the video report by NBC News Justice Correspondent Pete Williams, above, for more. 

14 years old: Too young for life in prison?

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