Juvenile Death Penalty Banned by U.S. Supreme Court

A divided U.S. Supreme Court outlawed executions of murderers who were under 18 at the time of the crime, saying the practice violates the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
The court today voted 5-4 to overturn a 1989 decision that had allowed executions of 16- and 17-year-old killers. The ruling, which came in a Missouri case, moves more than 70 convicted killers off death row and bars a penalty that had been legal in 19 states.
Bloomberg.com: U.S.

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