The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided on Monday over whether states violate the Constitution by imposing a sentence of life without parole on juveniles who commit nonhomicide offenses.

The justices heard arguments in two separate cases from Florida in which lawyers for Terrance Graham, who committed his crime at age 17, and for Joe Sullivan, who was 13 when convicted, argued that the sentences are cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment.

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