- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - The highest court in Massachusetts has ordered the parole of a man who was 16 when he was charged with participating in the killing of a cab driver.

Frederick Clay was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1979 robbery and killing of the driver in Boston.

On Friday, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the state Parole Board violated Clay’s constitutional rights.

Four of the seven board members voted for Clay’s release after a hearing in 2015. But the board rejected Clay’s release, citing a 2012 law requiring two-thirds of the board to approve parole.

The court said the board should’ve used the law in place when the crime occurred. That law only required a majority of board members to approve parole.

The high court reversed the decision denying parole.

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