Alabama Attorney General Troy King has filed a brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a Missouri Supreme Court ruling that prohibits the execution of 16- and 17-year-olds. The attorney general, in a news release about the brief Tuesday, said that some teenagers are just as capable of masterminding a heinous murder as adult killers. (...) There are 73 men on death row in 12 states for murders they committed when they were 16 or 17. Fourteen of them are in Alabama.
Alabama's brief is supported by Delaware, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Texas.