Wednesday, June 25, 2008

No Death Penalty For Child Rapist

How cruel to execute a child rapist who has caused permanent damage to his victims:

Executing child rapists is cruel and unusual punishment, a divided U.S. Supreme Court decided Wednesday in overturning a Jefferson Parish death sentence and declaring as unconstitutional Louisiana's 1995 aggravated rape statute that allows the death penalty when victims are under age 13.

The 5-4 decision also invalidates similar laws in five other states and prohibits the death penalty in crimes in which the victim does not die. The court left intact the death penalty for crimes against the state, such as espionage and terrorism.

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