The state of Louisiana allows the death penalty, but it won’t get the opportunity to put a convicted child rapist to death, a Supreme Court ruling says.
The 5-4 decision was a blow to the Louisiana Supreme Court, which supported the execution of Patrick Kennedy, who was convicted of raping his 8-year-old stepdaughter.
The Court’s liberal majority stood by the precept that putting people to death is brutal and demeans us as a society. The conservative minority stuck firm to the notion that heinous crimes deserve heinous penalties.
Regardless of the opinions, at least for now, justice has been done.