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      Bruning Seeks Court Order to Allow Board of Pardons to Make Commutation Decisions

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      Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning is seeking a courtorder that would allow the state pardons board to lessen the sentences of prison inmates serving life for crimes they committed as juveniles.

      The attorney general filed the motion Tuesday after a Douglas County judge blocked the pardons board from holding hearings on 24cases.

      Iowa Governor Terry Branstad took similar action in July, when he commuted life without parole sentences of 38convicted killers.

      Bruning released a statement Tuesday saying, "Today's filing states that Article IV, Section 13 of the NebraskaConstitution gives the Nebraska Board of Pardons the authority to makecommutation decisions.

      "These hearings are the most efficientway to ensure justice is served and the public is protected from dangerousoffenders."

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