Saturday, May 20, 2023

All In for the Angry Parents Vote

5/1/23 USA Today:
"Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed into law a measure making child rape subject to the death penalty, defying a United States Supreme Court ruling.

"In Florida, we stand for the protection of children," DeSantis said at a Monday press conference in Brevard County. "We think that in the worst of the worst cases the only appropriate punishment is the ultimate punishment."

This is contrary to Kennedy v. Louisiana, which held the death penalty for raping children was unconstitutional.  I suspect a more originalist Court might reconsider that position now.  Rape (of an adult woman or man) was a capital offense in colonial America and stayed that way until mid-19th century in some states.  

Reading Kennedy v. Louisiana was a stomach turning experience.  The stepfather tried to blame the stepdaughter's rape on some black boys.  He called a disaster restoration company to clean up the crime scene telling them that his daughter had become a little lady they day.  That statement alone should have given him prison time.

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