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.