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Hogan issues order on ‘meaningful opportunity’ for juvenile lifers’ release

Gov. Larry Hogan (file photo)

ANNAPOLIS – Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order Friday stating he will give juvenile offenders serving life sentences a “meaningful opportunity for release” based on their demonstrated maturity and rehabilitation while in prison – standards set by the ...

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Md. high court weighs constitutionality of victim-impact video

Maryland Court of Appeals. (file)

A defense attorney told a skeptical Maryland high court Friday that a videotaped, set-to-music victim-impact statement designed to stir a sentencing judge’s emotions violated a convicted double-murderer’s federal constitutional rights to due process and be free from arbitrary and capricious ...

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Md. AG Frosh challenges allegation of unconstitutional sentences

14a JUVENILE Frosh Getty, Appeals 106Judge Joseph MF_600

Maryland has urged a federal judge to dismiss a civil-rights lawsuit claiming the state is unconstitutionally holding more than 200 juvenile offenders who are now adults under de facto sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole because Maryland governors have historically not granted parole to lifers.

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