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Criminal Practice – Murder – Juvenile Defendant – Sentencing – LWOP – Constitutional (access required)

State v. James (Lawyers Weekly No. 011-163-16, 27 pp.) (Douglas McCullough, J.) Appealed from Mecklenburg County Superior Court (Robert Johnson, J.) N.C. App. Holding: When a juvenile has been convicted of first-degree murder, it is not inappropriate for the sentencing analysis in G.S. §§ 15A-1340.19A et seq. to begin with a sentence of life without parole ...

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