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USA (Texas): Death penalty / Legal concern William Hodges, white, aged 17

, Index number: AMR 51/086/2002

The Smith County District Attorney in eastern Texas is intending to seek a death sentence against William Hodges at his forthcoming murder trial. William Hodges was 17 years old at the time of the crime of which he is accused. International law prohibits the imposition of the death penalty against defendants who were under 18 at the time of the crime.

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