US Supreme Court Should be Ashamed … 5-4 Vote Child Rapists Can’t be Executed

 

Think Presidential elections do not matter? Who do you think appoints WtfSupreme Court Justices? You best remember this come November! Take a good look how the two Presidential candidates answered the question. Obama has always tapped danced around the death penalty issue like the true leftist that he is. Obama has said that he disagrees with the SCOTUS ruling, yet he is against the death penalty. Meanwhile John McCain stated the following, “As a father, I believe there is no more sacred responsibility in American society than that of protecting the innocence of our children.”

What type of SCOTUS justices do you think each candidate would appoint?

Shame on the US Supreme Court … protecting child rapists as if they are people to. How sick is this that rapist’s rights trump innocent children’s rights? Think Presidential elections do not matter? The liberal judges of the Supreme Court could care less about your children’s rights. Conservative judges like Samuel Alito dissented stating, “The harm that is caused to the victims and to society at large by the worst child rapist is grave.”

The United States Supreme Court voted yesterday, 5–4, that child rapists cannot be executed. Let me first say that they should all hang their head in shame at this heinous ruling. The SCOTUS concluded that capital punishment for crimes against individuals can be applied only to murderers. If the gutless SCOTUS judges want to hide behind the “cruel and unusual punishment” montra, maybe they would like to explain to sexually abused and exploited children everywhere that child rape is not “cruel and unusual” in its own right as a crime. 

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion that execution in this case would violate the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment, citing “evolving standards of decency” in the United States.

Such standards, the justice wrote, forbid capital punishment for any crime against an individual other than murder.

“We conclude that, in determining whether the death penalty is excessive, there is a distinction between intentional first-degree murder on the one hand and nonhomicide crimes against individual persons, even including child rape, on the other,” wrote Kennedy, who is not related to the convicted rapist.

The case in question before the SCOTUS was in regards to 43 year old Patrick Kennedy who was appealing his case where he raped his 8 year old step daughter in her bed.

Patrick Kennedy, 43, would have been the first convicted rapist in the United States since 1964 to be executed in a case in which the victim was not killed.

Kennedy was convicted of sexually assaulting his stepdaughter in her bed. The attack caused severe emotional trauma, internal injuries and bleeding to the child, requiring extensive surgery, Louisiana prosecutors said.

The liberal judges of the SCOTUS could obviously care less about children and child rape than they do about criminals.

In the majority opinion, Anthony Kennedy acknowledged “the victim’s fright, the sense of betrayal, and the nature of her injuries caused more prolonged physical and mental suffering than, say, a sudden killing by an unseen assassin.”

But the justice — supported by Justices John Paul Stevens, David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer — wrote that when determining what punishment the Eighth Amendment prohibits, “evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society” must be taken into account.



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    18 Responses to “US Supreme Court Should be Ashamed … 5-4 Vote Child Rapists Can’t be Executed”

    1. Susy Q on June 26th, 2008 7:16 am

      A lot of child rapists are family members…grandpa, daddy, brother…because of that a lot of families might not report the rapes. Also it might make perps more likely to kill the children…. I’m not for rapists…I’m trying to look at both sides….how about the death penalty for all rape perps period whether the victim is age 6 or age 96….. just throwing out some ideas.. I used to work in a social service agency and I had a number of friends who were CPS workers and they had a number of cases of incest involving kids and stepfathers, grandfathers, teenage siblings…sad…sad…sad..

    2. richard on June 26th, 2008 7:18 am

      I find it ironic that on the same day this ruling came out, the FBI announced that hundreds of people (I think the figure was 345, but could be wrong) were arrested in a years-long investigation into pimping children as sex slaves.

      That wasn’t in Aruba; that was in this country.

      The child victims were overwhelmingly runaways or “street people.” Apparently these gangs are adept at recognizing kids in these groups, befriending them, and then abusing them.

      Many of the people involved … using the word ‘people’ lightly … were prostitutes. Of course, that’s another ‘victimless’ crime, or so it’s popular to tell us.

      Anyway, this morning appeared an article saying that several states plan to pursue legislation which would enable, at least in some cases, the execution of child rapists. Then we can look forward to the usual legal reviews and the intrusion of the courts into the legislative process.

      The principle of competition underlies our economy. Unfortunately, in areas like education and the “justice” system, the government decrees that they have an unlimited claim on the public purse, or nearly so.

      Grin and bear it, folks … or speak up. The federal government yesterday said it will give the city of Denver (where the Democratic National Convention will be held in August) a lump sum of $50 million for security. I’m sure that the Republicans will get at least as much … so there’s $100 million, at a minimum, going to underwrite the partisan activities of political parties.

      Who ever said that our tax money can be used for this purpose? Who cares … the government will do what it wants. It’s not your money, the attitude goes … it’s theirs.

    3. Steve Holloway on June 26th, 2008 7:27 am

      What was the Jews told to do with a person like this? Answer, everybody at once to throw a stone at the person until they were dead.

    4. Steve Holloway on June 26th, 2008 8:03 am

      But now we are under the blood of Christ. We have to follow His ways to repent and ask forgiveness for sin. He also tells us to follow the laws of the land.

      As a Christian I am called to forgiveness or God will not forgive me of my sin, that would cause me to spend eternity in Hell.

      We can forgive the person and let God handle the punishment as we follow the laws of the land.

      But for a moment I liked the stoning idea. Sorry

    5. dallasalley on June 26th, 2008 8:05 am

      Death penalty for all rapists….would that include Debra Lafave?????

    6. Miss-Underestimated on June 26th, 2008 8:18 am

      Supreme Court overturned DC gun law.

    7. Susy Q on June 26th, 2008 8:30 am

      hmmmmmm…interesting….I hadn’t thought about that…..

    8. Miss-Underestimated on June 26th, 2008 8:31 am

      Richard,

      Gee, does your town need additional funds for security? Mine does. Socialism has been on our door step for years, it will get worse.

    9. MissKatie on June 26th, 2008 8:44 am

      looking for stones to collect… I like the stoning idea.
      but than they would say that stoning is cruel and unjust.. what about the rapes and sometimes murder’s of young children.. they were terrified and in some cases tortures before they were killed… that was cruel and unjust.. I agree with the person that said that it applies to all ages.. but most children are innocent and defenseless .. they take something very precious from these children.. their lives and their virginity…. that is totaly sick.. I know theres alot of it going on in families…
      that I find to be one of the worst…sick….
      god can change these laws. and make them to give the victims and their families some sort of closure and justice….

    10. SheBee on June 26th, 2008 9:03 am

      NewsmaxTV’s Ashley Martella reports the Supreme Court Liberals rule IN FAVOR of child rapists!

    11. richard on June 26th, 2008 9:32 am

      The article above says that the justices who supported this ruling referred to “evolving standards of decency.”

      Would it be presumptuous to ask them to cite ANY of these “standards” in our society today? I see lots of signs about moral decency … but can’t find any that suggest we’re moving TOWARDS it.

      In all honesty, I don’t know the answer and don’t presume to know it. But to hear this blather about the application of standards of “decency” to these animals makes me sick.

      Here’s an article from the Toledo Blade today … a newspaper of Toledo, Ohio. Question: has anyone queried these victims about their reaction to the Supreme Court’s ruling?

      Article published Thursday, June 26, 2008
      PROSTITUTION STING
      21 youths rescued in 16-city sweep; 1 child victim found in Toledo
      VIEW LOST YOUTH SERIES
      READ: Crackdown exposes Toledo as a hub of teen prostitution (January 8, 2006)
      READ: Buffie Rae’s slaying leaves mom with few answers (January 8, 2006)
      READ: Captive teenage cousins suffer crash course in forced sex trade (January 9, 2006)
      READ: Dots on sex-trade picture largely went unconnected (January 10, 2006)

      By BRIDGET THARP
      BLADE STAFF WRITER

      At least 21 children – including one in Toledo – were recovered in a nationwide crackdown on child-sex trafficking that traversed 16 cities, federal authorities said yesterday.

      The child victim in Toledo was found during a local sweep last week that led to the arrests of 53 people, according to Dave Dustin, an FBI supervisor in Toledo.

      Authorities did not release the age or gender of the child involved.

      Forty-four of those arrested locally last week were believed to be prostitutes. Six were believed to be customers, and the other three were believed to be pimps.

      Dubbed “Operation Cross Country,” the five-day roundup – coordinated by the FBI, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the Department of Justice – came on the fifth anniversary of an effort called “Innocence Lost Initiative,” which led to the conviction of 308 suspects and the rescue of 433 children.

      Prostitution pushed Toledo into the national spotlight in 2005, when a federal investigation found nine local girls sold as sex slaves in a child prostitution ring centered in Harrisburg, Pa.

      At least 12 of the 31 charged in the federal sex-trade case in 2005 had Toledo ties.

      Authorities don’t know yet whether the most recent investigation will uncover new Toledo connections to the sex trade because child prostitution is a mobile sort of crime, Mr. Dustin said.

      “Typically these are criminal organizations that are going other places. They are very fluid,” he said. “These girls and boys sometimes are traded and going back and forth.”

      Teen girls are especially vulnerable to being tricked or forced into the sex trade, according to Mary Schmidbauer, program director for Second Chance, a group that offers support to victims of prostitution in Toledo.

      “One of the reasons that prostitution is as insidious as it is, young girls are right at the age where they are seeking independence, becoming women,” she said. “Someone comes along and treats them like an adult. [Prostitution] feeds on any insecurity that a teenage girl has.”

      The problem of child prostitution may be masked in the juvenile court system, Administrative Judge Denise Cubbon said.

      She’s met girls as young as 12 years old drawn into prostitution, though they may appear in court on other delinquency charges or ran away from an abusive home.

      “I think these are children that can quickly fall though the cracks because of the circumstances in their home. Many of these children are products of sexual abuse, they have learning disabilities or behavior issues,” Judge Cubbon said. “The largest challenge with these kids is first to get them to understand that people in our community are in fact really interested in helping them.”

      Toledo Police Chief Mike Navarre said neighbors of those areas most often frequented by prostitutes and their customers deserve credit as tipsters for the results of his department’s sweep last week.

      “When we put female officers out there, we get calls. That generates complaints when we put our own female officers as decoys,” Chief Navarre said.

      Targeted areas in Toledo’s sweep included Lagrange Street, Telegraph Road, East Broadway Street, Nevada Street, Starr Avenue, Bancroft Street near Ashland Avenue, Collingwood Boulevard, and Junction Avenue.

    12. richard on June 26th, 2008 9:37 am

      Incidentally, it’s only fair to say that Obama came out against this decision. (I don’t know if McCain or Clinton have commented.)

      An article yesterday quoted him as saying that some crimes are so heinous that they merit the death penalty, and that this is one of them. I don’t know whether this stance conflicts with earlier statements.

      One thing we have to at least think about: would a mandatory death sentence for such crimes make it more likely that the assailant would then kill the child victim?

      I don’t know … who in their right mind wants even to think about this? Unfortunately, we can’t retreat from the world in which we live.

      The REAL issue is the effect on the child victim. No punishment can atone for that.

      By the way, the Supreme Court today, also in a 5-4 vote, decided that Americans did indeed have the right to bear arms. Maybe they have read the Constitution, though it’s hard to imagine.

    13. Gunslinger on June 26th, 2008 10:28 am

      Richard wrote: “By the way, the Supreme Court today, also in a 5-4 vote, decided that Americans did indeed have the right to bear arms. Maybe they have read the Constitution, though it’s hard to imagine.”

      What is really hard to imagine, is that 4 members didn’t read the Constitution!

      Gun

    14. dennisintn on June 26th, 2008 3:31 pm

      But the justice — supported by Justices John Paul Stevens, David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer — wrote that when determining what punishment the Eighth Amendment prohibits, “evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society” must be taken into account. quote

      lord, please save us from these egotistical liberal idiots. amen.
      dennisintn

    15. da_wench on June 26th, 2008 5:43 pm

      Capital punishment…now here’s where I can agree with the Republicans. Child molesters change the lives of innocent children forever. They should be removed from this life forever…IMHFO.

    16. Angry Politicians Call SCOTUS Child Rapists Ruling Absurd, Vow to Execute Child Rapists | Scared Monkeys on June 27th, 2008 11:41 am

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    17. FYOURepublicans on May 7th, 2009 9:24 am

      A case where radicals are mad that human life isn’t being needlessly wasted. Good for the supreme court.

    18. Kris W on October 25th, 2010 2:46 am

      Right, what about all the guy’s who where wrongfully accused and prosecuted? Oh, I guess a case of “suck’s to be them”.

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