A standoff between the Texas Senate and House over whether 17-year-old capital murder defendants should face life in prison without parole appeared to be resolved Wednesday, clearing the way for legislative approval of life with parole after months of dispute.
Texas law used to mandate life without parole for 17-year-olds convicted of the most serious form of murder. But the U.S. Supreme Court declared that sentence unconstitutional for juveniles last year in an Alabama case.
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