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September 25, 2019

"Execution of Youth under Age 21 on the Date of Offense: Ending with a Bang or a Whimper?"

The title of this post is the title of this new article authored by Hollis Whitson and Eric Samler now available via SSRN. Here is its abstract:

Consistent with the scientific evidence that proves that adolescent brain development continues well into the third decade of life, the Supreme Court may be foreshadowing the day when an actual or de facto categorical ban will bar the death penalty for offenders who were under the age of 21 years old on the date of the offense.  For almost two decades, death sentences and executions of such persons have been in steep decline — in absolute numbers and in geographical concentration. Over the same period, the minority percentage of those impacted has increased.  The authors joins the American Bar Association and other voices that have called for a categorical ban on execution of persons who were under the age of 21 years old at the date of offense.

September 25, 2019 at 11:02 AM | Permalink


So idiotic

99.999% of those within adolescent brain deve1opment, somehow, don't commit capital murders.

The probability that adolescent brain deve1opment is the reason for committing capital murders is way below 0.001%, considering all other possible factors.

Posted by: Dudley Sharp | Sep 26, 2019 4:34:47 AM

Moving target here. Once the age is moved to 21, the next target will be 25. It would be more persuasive if those arguing to move the age were people who actually supported the death penalty.

Posted by: tmm | Sep 27, 2019 4:12:21 PM

I assume the same idiots will be calling to move eligible voting age to 21 as well. If you cant be responsible for a killing until 21 then how can you form rationale decision on someone running for office?

Posted by: deanO | Oct 1, 2019 8:55:04 AM

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