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USA (Virginia): Further information on Death penalty / Legal concern, Shermaine Ali Johnson.

, Index number: AMR 51/134/2002

On 14 August, a jury in Petersburg, Virginia, voted that Shermaine Johnson should be sentenced to death for the rape and murder of Hope Denise Hall, committed in July 1994 when Johnson was 16 years old. International law, respected in almost every country in the world, prohibits the use of the death penalty against people who were under 18 at the time of the crime.

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