Wednesday, June 25, 2008
On this day:

U.S. Supreme Court overturns death penalty for child rapists

Justice Kennedy writes, "The death penalty is not a proportional punishment for the rape of a child."

Nice of him to share his personal views with the rest of us; too bad he chose to impose them as the law of the land, too.

As SCOTUSBlog's Kevin Russell notes here,
"In fact, the opinion seems quite clearly to go beyond the simple question of
child rape to decide that at least '[a]s it related to crimes against
individuals, the death penalty should not be expanded to instances where the
victim’s life was not taken.'"
Read the opinion of the Court and Justice Alito's dissent here.