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The Odgren Case: Juvenile Justice In Mass.26:16
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John Odgren stands during his arraignment at Middlesex Superior Court in Cambridge on March 6, 2007. (AP)
John Odgren stands during his arraignment at Middlesex Superior Court in Cambridge on March 6, 2007. (AP)

Convicted murderer John Odgren — sentenced to life in prison without parole — was 16 when he stabbed a classmate to death. On Monday, Odgren asks a judge for a reduced sentence.

Odgren has a form of autism. His lawyer will argue he deserves leniency because of the mental illness.

In the wake of this case, we take a closer look at juvenile justice in Massachusetts and when it's OK to try children as adults.

  • Prof. James Alan Fox, Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy at Northeastern University; blogger for Boston.com
  • Jonathan Shapiro, Defense Attorney for John Odgren; Partner at Stern, Shapiro, Weissberg, and Garin
  • Wendy Murphy, Adjunct Professor of Law at the New England College of Law; Director of Victim Advocacy and Research Group 

This program aired on July 26, 2010.

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