I-Team Report: Do all juveniles who commit murder deserve a second chance at freedom?



I-Team Report: Do all juveniles who commit murder deserve a second chance at freedom?

WNEM-5 "Mid-Michigan's News Leader" - Published on May 22, 2017

A strong arm of the law is tipping the scales of justice.

"These are first degree murder cases. These are the worst of the worst," Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said.

A public defender is fighting for balance after a high court ruling.

"Who you are at 16 or 17 is not who you're gonna be at 40," said Sofia Nelson, assistant defender for convicted murderer Eddie Spiller.

Spiller is weighing a chance at freedom.

"I am working to have people forgive me and now I am asking for mercy," Spiller said.

The Supreme Court ruled juveniles who commit murder should have a chance for freedom at some point, even years after their conviction. The ruling was based on science. The court said a child's brain is more susceptible to peer pressure and has poor impulse control, but is capable of rehabilitation.

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(Credits: Writer, David Custer. Photographer, Bud Jones. Editor, Michelle Galarno. Graphics: Dan Jacalone.)

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