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Advocates, Parole Board face challenges in hearings for teenaged killers

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The first 12 state prisoners in a list of convicted killers who were offered parole hearings for the first time under a Supreme Judicial Court ruling in December because their crimes were committed when they were juveniles, have already postponed their hearings as their lawyers scramble to determine the best way to present their cases for release from prison.

Saying the state is charting new waters, the lawyer for the inmate at the center of the Supreme Judicial Court ruling asked a single justice with the state’s high court last week to first establish a set of clear guidelines for the Parole Board to follow in the hearings.

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