SCOTUS accepts Kennedy v. Louisiana

Today the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Kennedy v. Louisiana, previously discussed here. The issue is whether a state may, consistent with Eighth Amendment, impose the death penalty on a criminal defendant convicted of a non-homicide crime, child rape in this case. The Louisiana Supreme Court said “A-OK,” and I can’t shake this sick feeling that five Justices of the current SCOTUS will agree.

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  • […] More news on the state-sanctioned killin’ front The U.S. Supreme Court conducted oral argument today in Kennedy v. Louisiana, a case involving whether a state can, consistent with the Eighth Amendment, execute someone convicted of raping a child under the age of thirteen. SCD’s prior coverage is available here and here. […]

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