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USA: Further information on the death penalty / Legal concern: James Edward DAVOLT

, Index number: AMR 51/064/2000

On 21 April 2000, a jury in Mohave County, Arizona, found James Edward Davolt guilty of first degree murder. A date for the sentencing phase of the trial has not yet been set, but the defence has requested a delay so it can investigate mitigating factors to argue against a death sentence. The prosecution still intends to seek the death penalty against James Davolt, in violation of international law, which forbids the use of this punishment against defendants who were under 18 at the time of the crime.

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