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The Supreme Court today ruled that executing child rapists violated the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

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Supreme Court Rejects Death Penalty for Child Rapists

The Supreme Court today ruled that executing child rapists violated the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

The Supreme Court today ruled that executing child rapists violated the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

In a 5-4 decision, the court spared the life of Patrick Kennedy, 43, who was convicted of raping his 8-year-old stepdaughter in Louisiana.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion. Dissenting in the case were Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Samuel Alito.

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