US teenage executions 'on trial'
The United States Supreme Court is considering a case that could determine whether the execution of teenage killers violates the US constitution. Capital punishment is allowed in 19 US states for those aged 16 and 17, and 73 juvenile murderers are on death row. Executions for under-16s and the mentally retarded are barred. The European Union, former President Jimmy Carter and many foreign governments are among those urging an end to the juvenile death penalty. Full Story