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.

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.