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Default KY Judge: Death penalty unconstitutional for defendant under 21


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky judge says the state's death penalty law is unconstitutional for defendants who were under the age of 21 when they allegedly committed their crimes.

Fayette County Circuit Judge Ernesto Scorsone's ruling came in the case of a man who was 18 years old when he was charged in the slaying of a gas station attendant.

In his ruling this week, Scorsone said that applying the death penalty would be an "unconstitutionally disproportionate punishment" for crimes committed by people under 21.
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