life imprisonment

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life imprisonment

a sentence of incarceration for a lengthy time. In some states ‘life’ may mean ‘whole life.’ Mostly there are provisions for a minimum term or for parole or for pardon or some combination. In the UK the sentencing judge will specify the time to be served without parole and there have been some ‘whole life’ cases. If released on parole the prisoner is on licence and maybe recalled to serve the rest of the sentence if there is further offending.
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By pleading guilty, Loughner, 23, will avoid the death penalty but he still faces a life sentence without the possibility of parole, the prosecution explained during the hearing at a federal court in Tucson.
replacing it with a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
An individual's opinion that a life sentence without the possibility of parole is the severest sentence that should be imposed on all but the most heinous cases does not even arguably "prevent or substantially impair the performance of his duties as a juror in accordance with his instructions and his oath." Moreover, an individual who maintains such a position, or even one who opposes the death penalty as a general matter, "may not be challenged for cause based on his views about capital punishment." (13)
Brumwell, who attacked Ream, also was convicted of aggravated murder and is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

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