The Supreme Court on Wednesday outlawed executions of people convicted of raping a child.
In a 5-4 vote, the court said the Louisiana law allowing the death penalty to be imposed in such cases violates the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
"The death penalty is not a proportional punishment for the rape of a child," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in his majority opinion. His four liberal colleagues joined him, while the four more conservative justices dissented.
Well isn't that nice? What would Kennedy consider to be "proportional"? Is there any crime more horrific and disgusting than the rape of a child?
Granted, it's been 44 years since anyone has been executed for a non-murder crime, but instead of striking down Louisiana's law, perhaps we should be talking Constituional Amendment here. Think about it....RAPING A CHILD. I'm with Samuel Jackson's character here...rape a child...yes you deserve to die and I hope you burn in hell:
States rights anyone? Thank you Sam Alito:
In this case, proponents of the Louisiana law said the trend was toward the death penalty, a point mentioned by Justice Samuel Alito in his dissent.
"The harm that is caused to the victims and to society at large by the worst child rapists is grave," Alito wrote. "It is the judgment of the Louisiana lawmakers and those in an increasing number of other states that these harms justify the death penalty."