The Appeal: The Supreme Court ruled that sentences like hers are unconstitutional. Prosecutors are fighting to keep her incarcerated.

By Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

In next year’s Democratic primary, Cooper, who has been in office since 2009, will face a challenger, former family court judge and prosecutor Karen McDonald. McDonald told The Appeal that she was not sure if she supported a ban on life without the possibility of parole for juveniles. When asked if her office would ever seek the sentence for youth, she said, “I wouldn’t say never. I agree with the Supreme Court’s decision that it should be an extremely rare case.”

However, McDonald said, she disagrees with Cooper’s approach to these cases, in particular her handling of Hernández’s case. If elected, she told The Appeal, she plans to advocate for Hernández to be resentenced.

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