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USA (Louisiana): Death penalty / Legal concern, Joseph Ward

, Index number: AMR 51/155/2001

Joe Ward is facing a trial in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, at which the prosecution intends to seek a death sentence. He was 17 years old at the time of the murder of which he is accused. International law, respected by almost every government in the world, prohibits the use of the death penalty against those who were under 18 at the time of the crime.

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