court bans juvenile executions

punishment for juveniles had been allowed in 19 states

The US Supreme Court has
abolished the death penalty for those who commit murder when under the age of

The court was divided on the
issue, but voted 5-4 that the death penalty for criminals aged 16 and 17 should
be declared unconstitutional.

The decision affects not only
those convicted in future, but about 70 prisoners already on death row for
offences committed before they were 18.

Anti-capital punishment
campaigners claimed the decision as a victory.

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1. Imagine that… international opinion being important.

2. Yay!