Juveniles News and Developments: 2003

Still Surviving is First-hand Account of Death Row by Juvenile Offender


Juveniles News and Developments: 2004

Juveniles and the Mentally Disabled More Likely to Give False Confessions


Juveniles News and Developments: 2005

Former Death Row Inmate Acquitted at Re-Trial


Youngest man on death row in Kentucky freed after acquittal in retrial

By the Associated Press
Friday, August 2, 2002


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (AP) -- The youngest man on Kentucky's death row was freed after a jury acquitted him in a second trial of murdering an 82-year-old man and his 76-year-old wife in 1997.

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Former Death Row Inmate Acquitted at Re-Trial

A jury in Arizona acquitted Christopher Huerstel of first-degree murder and of attempted armed robbery of a Tucson pizzeria in which 3 people were killed.  Huerstel, who was 17-years-old at the time the crime was committed, was orignally convicted along with a co-defendant and both were sentenced to death in 2001.  His conviction was overturned by the Arizona Supreme Court because of errors by the trial judge.  The jury at the re-trial was unable to reach a verdict on second-degree murder, and Huerstel may face another trial on that charge.   The defense claims that the prosecution had argued that there was no evidence of second-degree murder.  The prosecution was not able to seek the death penalty at Huerstel's re-trial because he had been a juvenile. 

Texas Governor Commutes 28 Juvenile Offender Death Sentences

Texas Governor Rick Perry (pictured) has commuted the death sentences of 28 juvenile offenders to life in prison, an act that brings the state into compliance with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that deemed the practice of executing those who were under 18 at the time of their crime unconstitutional. While some of these inmates will remain in more restrictive segregation, many will have their first exposure to prison work programs, schooling, and jobs within a prison unit.



On March 1, 2005, the Court held that the Eighth Amendment forbids imposition of the death penalty on offenders who were under the age of 18 at the time of their crimes.

Below are exceprts from the opinion:

"[T]he objective indicia of consensus in this case—the rejection of the juvenile death penalty in the  majority of States; the