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Path to parole hearing is cleared for long-imprisoned inmate

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's attorney general has ruled that a three-member panel must decide whether to grant parole to a prisoner who's getting his first chance at freedom after nearly a half-century behind bars.

A legal opinion issued Wednesday by Attorney General Jeff Landry's office resolves a legal question that delayed a parole hearing for a Henry Montgomery, whose U.S. Supreme Court challenge enabled him and roughly 2,000 inmates to argue for their release.

The parole board delayed a hearing for Montgomery from Dec. 14 to Feb. 19 to resolve a conflict between two laws governing parole hearings. One says a three-member panel must decide parole for juvenile offenders, while another says anyone convicted of a violent crime against a law enforcement officer must face a panel of at least five members.

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