SCOTUS: Child Rapists are Protected from the Death Penalty
Posted by Ryan on June 25, 2008
In the wake of pronouncing that al Qaeda has more rights than Nazis did, and with 42 states having passed anti-Kelo laws, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 that the death penalty is off-limits for child rapists, unless of course, the child’s death results. I’ll let you guess who voted to uphold Louisiana’s law allowing the death penalty for child rapists in this blatant act of judicial legislation.
All the Eighth Amendment “cruel and unusual” banter from Justice Kennedy (alas, a Reagan appointee gone loopy), doesn’t really take into account the effects on the victim. Here’s what Justice Alito had to say about this ruling in his dissent:
“[Alito] lament[ed] that the majority had ruled out executing someone for raping a child ‘no matter how young the child, no matter how many times the child is raped, no matter how many children the perpetrator rapes, no matter how sadistic the crime, no matter how much physical or psychological trauma is inflicted, and no matter how heinous the perpetrator’s prior criminal record may be.’”
Maybe Justice Kennedy thought that the perp, Patrick Kennedy (no joke), was a relative or someone he knew. Who knows? Liberals on the court since the 1950s have seen the perps as the one’s potentially hurt by laws, not their victims so much. I’m just waiting for the political branches of our government to assert themselves against the poorly devised judicial dictates from this court over the last few years.