CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Supreme Court says it won't hear from two civil rights groups that wanted to argue in support of a Sheridan teenager who is appealing the life sentence he received after pleading guilty to a home invasion murder.
The court on Tuesday denied requests from the American Civil Liberties Union of Wyoming and the Equal Justice Initiative, an Alabama-based group, to file friend-of-the-court briefs on behalf of Wyatt Bear Cloud.
Bear Cloud, now 18, is one of three teens convicted of murder in the August 2009 killing of Sheridan businessman Robert Ernst.
Lawyer Jennifer Horvath of the ACLU says her group believes sentencing children to die in prison amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and that the state's highest court should prohibit it.