Kentucky Supreme Court: Should 18- to 21-year-olds be eligible for execution?

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP/WKYT) - Kentucky's Supreme Court delved into a case revolving around whether the death penalty should apply to defendants who committed their crimes between the ages of 18 and 21.

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The case reached the high court after a lower court judge ruled that applying the death penalty to such defendants amounts to an "unconstitutionally disproportionate punishment."

The Supreme Court heard arguments in the case Thursday in Somerset, Kentucky.

Assistant Attorney General Matthew Krygiel urged the court to overturn the 2017 ruling by Fayette County Circuit Judge Ernesto Scorsone.

Attorney Timothy Arnold of Kentucky's Department of Public Advocacy argued that Scorsone ruled correctly.

"There is a second system in the brain encouraging bad behavior because it is not encouraging risk-taking," said Arnold.

He hopes when his three clients go to trail the death penalty is not on the table.

"Nobody is proposing throwing a parade for anybody. We are saying simply they are not eligible for the death penalty. They would still be eligible for life without parole or for any other penalty applicable," said Arnold.

We reached out to the director of the Fayette County Detention Center but have not yet heard back.



 
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