Wednesday, June 25, 2008

No death penalty for child rape

By a 5 to 4 vote, the Supreme Court just struck down a Louisiana law that allowed for the death penalty in the case of child rape. Arguing against the Louisiana law, Justice Kennedy wrote, "The death penalty is not a proportional punishment for the rape of a child" (New York Times).

I agree. The death penalty is much too merciful for someone who has forcibly raped a child; but the Constitution doesn't allow for stoning.

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin provides a detailed description of what happened to the little girl who was raped in this case (warning: it is graphic and sickening. It is hard to read without crying). It is almost beyond understanding (disgusting, actually) how justice Kennedy could hear what happened to this little girl, and then write about "Evolving standards of decency" and "respect for the dignity of the person" in reference to his defense of the one who committed this atrocity!

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