By a 5-4 vote Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty is unconstitutional for those whose crimes did not result in the death of the victim. The Court reversed the death penalty for a Louisiana man sentenced for raping and seriously injuring, but not killing, his 8-year-old stepdaughter. Though instances of child rape can be "devastating in their harm, as here," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority, "they cannot be compared to murder in their severity and irrevocability."
Justices Reject Death Penalty for Child Rapists
June 26, 2008