Supreme Court won’t revisit death penalty for child rape


The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday voted 7-2 to let stand its decision striking down state laws allowing the death penalty for child rape. The court was considering rehearing the case because the justices were not aware that U.S. military courts allowed capital punishment in child rape cases, in addition to the six states of which the justices were aware.

Read today’s news on the decision in Kennedy v. Louisiana

. (New York Times, 10/1/08)

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers filed a brief in the case arguing that the risk of wrongful executions was extremely high in child rape cases because children are impressionable witnesses.

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