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Juvenile felony life sentences ruled unconstitutional in Iowa

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Miller v. Alabama that mandatory sentences of life without the possibility of parole are unconstitutional for juvenile offenders. That was a challenge for Iowa, which had until then required that anyone convicted of first-degree murder -- juvenile or adult -- be given that sentence. In response to the ruling, Governor Terry Branstad immediately used his commutation power to change the sentences of 38 such juvenile offenders to allow parole -- but only after they had served 60 years behind bars.

Iowa robbery suspect arrested on his birthday

Iowa City residents may celebrate their birthdays in a variety of ways. Some prefer an intimate dinner with a loved one. Others may opt for a big birthday bash, surrounded by friends and loud festivities. A few thrill-seeking souls may even decide to conquer their fears and perform an adventurous feat on their special day, such as bungee jumping or skydiving.

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