Controversial legal issue debated on KARE 11 News

8:49 PM, Aug 23, 2011   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- Some first year law students at the University of St. Thomas got a lesson Tuesday in how to debate a very tough legal issue; whether or not kids who commit serious crimes should be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, which is essentially a prison sentence that will never be reviewed, even years later.

The two sides played themselves out in a public debate Tuesday afternoon at St. Thomas during orientation.

The public debate continued on KARE 11 News at 5 between a University of St. Thomas professor and an Illinois public defender.

Mark Osler, Professor of Law at St. Thomas and national sentencing expert, is opposed to life sentences without parole for kid criminals. Northwestern professor and public defender Jeanne Bishop favors the sentence of life without parole for juveniles. More than 20 years ago, a 16-year-old sociopath killed her sister, brother-in-law and their unborn child.

 

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