Louisiana Supreme Court: Automatic transfer of some teens to adult court OK

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BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA) – (12/12/19) Louisiana’s Supreme Court has upheld a state law that automatically transfers 15-year-old suspects to adult court if they are indicted by a grand jury for certain violent crimes.

Wednesday’s 4-3 ruling came in the case of a suspect who had just turned 15 when he was accused of raping a child.

A lower court ruled that transferring him from juvenile court to a regular criminal court without a hearing was unconstitutional.

The high court disagreed. 

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