LINCOLN — Attorney General Jon Bruning plans to go to the Nebraska Supreme Court in hopes of rescheduling commutation hearings for prisoners convicted of killings as juveniles.
Bruning's office plans to file a petition Tuesday morning with the state high court, according to spokeswoman Shannon Kingery.
The office wants the court to order Douglas County District Judge Thomas Otepka to withdraw an injunction issued Friday.
The injunction barred the State Pardons Board from proceeding with hearings for 24 juvenile killers scheduled for Monday and Wednesday.
The hearings were canceled following Otepka's late Friday ruling.
Otepka issued the injunction at the request of 14 prisoners who argued the hearings did not comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that overturned mandatory life sentences for juvenile murderers.
According to the prisoners' filings, Bruning had told others that the board likely would commute the life sentences to 50-year sentences at a minimum.
Bruning sits on the Pardons Board, along with Gov. Dave Heineman and Secretary of State John Gale.
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