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(Studio: Dan Rather) Supreme Court reported ruling on two separate death penalty issues. Report introduced.
(DC: Rita Braver) Supreme Court reported ruling that death penalty may be applied for convicted murderers whose crimes were committed while they were as young as age 16; cases of convicted murderers Heath Wilkins and Kevin Stanford detailed. [Kentucky attorney general Frederic COWAN - comments on ruling.] Liberal justices' opinion quoted on screen. [ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) spokesperson Henry SCHWARZSCHILD - says juveniles are too young for corporal punishment.] Justice Antonin Scalia quoted on screen. Supreme Court's ruling with regard to retarded death row inmates discussed; retarded Johnny Paul Penry recalled brutally murdering Pam Carpenter of Livingston, Texas. [American Association of Mental Retardation spokesperson Doreen CROSER - disagrees with ruling.] [PENRY - comments on case.] Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's decision quoted. Rulings noted fulfilling Ronald Reagan's promise to appointed justices who would increase use of death penalty. (Artist: Don Juhlin)
- Braver, Rita;
- Rather, Dan
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