Juvenile Death Sentence Cases

In Domingues v. Nevada, 114 Nev. 783, 961 P.2d 1279 (1998), in a 3-2 decision, the Supreme Court of Nevada rejected the defendant's contention that the ICCPR prohibited the imposition of the death sentence for crimes committed by a 16-year-old. The Supreme Court of the United States denied the defendant's petition for certiorari review on November 1, 1999. 526 U.S. 1156, 120 S. Ct. 396, 145 L. Ed. 2d 309 (1999). An order of the Supreme Court of the United States denying a petition for certiorari review is not to be taken as an expression of an opinion on the merits of the case. Maryland v. Baltimore Radio Show, 338 U.S. 912, 94 L. Ed. 562, 70 S. Ct. 252 (1950); Carpenter v. Gomez, 516 U.S. 981, 133 L. Ed. 2d 415, 116 S. Ct. 488 (1995); When a petition raises a substantial question, the Court sometimes "points out those concerns which, although unrelated to the merits, justify the decision not to grant review." Carpenter v. Gomez, 516 U.S. at.