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Michigan Court of Appeals rules on teenage murder sentences

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LANSING (WJRT) -

(11/16/12) - The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Friday that teenagers convicted of murder will not get new re-sentencing hearings.

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Miller v. Alabama that in the future, judges will have a choice, and teenagers convicted of murder do not have to be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

In response, a convicted murderer named Raymond Carp tried to secure parole, even though he had already been sentenced without it. 

Friday, the Michigan Court of Appeals denied Carp's request for a new hearing, saying the U.S. Supreme Court ruling does not apply retroactively.

The decision follows a federal precedent set in the 1989 case Teague v. Lane that U.S. Supreme Court ruling are not retroactive for judicial process matters. 

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