PUBLIC AI Index: AMR 51/142/99
2 September 1999
Further information on UA 203/99 (AMR 51/125/99, 10 August 1999) - Death penalty
/ Legal concern
USA (Nevada)Kenshawn Maxey, aged 18
On 31 August 1999, Kenshawn Maxey’s trial was postponed until 11 January 2000
after his lawyer resigned from the Clark County Public Defender’s Office. The
teenager will now be appointed a new lawyer. His trial had been due to begin
on 7 September.
In reporting the development on 1 September, the Las Vegas Sun noted that “an
international letter-writing campaign protesting a possible death sentence
for Kenshawn Maxey had heated up as his 7 Sept. 7 trial date neared.” It reported
that the Deputy District Attorney, the prosecutor in this case, had “received
about 50 letters this week alone.” The article goes on to say that “in the
letters -- from such countries as England, Holland and Germany in addition
to the United States -- prosecutors were politely chastised for their death
penalty stance”. The newspaper quoted from some of the letters and explained
the international law issue.
The news article also reported that the prosecutor had said that there were
no plans to abandon the state’s pursuit of the death penalty against Kenshawn
Kenshawn Maxey is charged with shooting bartender Salvatore Zendano Jr. during
a robbery of O’Aces Bar and Grill in Las Vegas in May 1998. Kenshawn Maxey
was 17 years old at the time of the crime. International law forbids the use
of the death penalty for crimes committed by under-18-year-olds.
No further action is requested by the UA Network at present, although those
who wish to may write to the prosecutor expressing regret at reports that he
still intends to seek the death penalty against Kenshawn Maxey, and asking
him to reconsider this decision in accordance with international customary
law, binding on all jurisdictions in all countries.
Many thanks to all who sent appeals on this case.
The Honourable David Schwartz
Deputy District Attorney
200 South Third Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA
Fax: + 1 702 383 8465
Salutation:Dear Deputy District Attorney