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Philip Chism appeared in court earlier this month.

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Philip Chism appeared in court earlier this month.

Boston Globe, July 30, 2014

Lawyers for Philip D. Chism contend that his constitutional rights will be violated if he is tried as an adult for the October 2013 rape and murder of Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer inside the school.

In papers filed in Essex Superior Court, Chism’s lead public defender, Denise Regan, wrote that a 2012 Supreme Court ruling established the legal principle that teenagers cannot be given the adult sentence of mandatory life without parole if convicted of first-degree murder.

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