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3/1/05

No More Death Penalty For Killers Under 18

The death penalty is no longer an option for convicted killers under 18.

That's because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that executing juveniles is unconstitutionally cruel. The new ruling affects 19 states that use the death penalty, as well as the 70 juveniles sentenced to death.

Smith County D.A. Matt Bingham says he does not agree with the ruling because it would allow some juvenile killers to get out of prison on parole.

"Not only is the family left with the fact that their loved one is gone, that it was a brutal killing, the person who did it will never pay with the death penalty, even though that would be the appropriate punishment in the case," he said.

Governor Rick Perry says he will ask the State Board of Pardons and Paroles to review the cases of 28 Texas murderers affected by the court's ruling.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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