US supreme court rules against death penalty in child rape cases
Daniel Nasaw in Washington
June 25, 2008
The US supreme court today struck down a Louisiana law permitting the state to execute people convicted of raping children.
In a 5-4 decision, the high court said the law allowing capital punishment in cases of child rape violates the US constitution's prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.
"The death penalty is not a proportional punishment for the rape of a child," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the court. His four liberal colleagues joined him, while the four more conservative justices dissented.