SOUTH CAROLINA: State Okays Death Penalty for Repeat Child Rapists

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State Okays Death Penalty for Repeat Child Rapists

In another effort by state legislators to beef up "Jessica Law" penalties
for repeat child molesters, the South Carolina Senate has voted for a bill
that would allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty for sex offenders
who are convicted twice of raping a child under 11 years old.

The death penalty provision, part of a bill that increases minimum
sentences and provides for lifetime monitoring for some sex offenders, may
end up being a test case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1997, the Supreme Court ruled that a Georgia law providing for the
death penalty for a rape involving an adult victim was unconstitutional,
but the court has not ruled on cases involving the rape of a child.

The court declined to review a Louisiana Supreme Court ruling that upheld
that state's death penalty for rapists of children under 12 years old.

South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster told lawmakers he would
gladly argue the case before the U.S. Supreme Court, but he believes other
states will also pass similar laws before any challenge to the law could
be argued.

Several states have adopted tougher laws against child molesters since the
kidnapping and murder of Jessica Lunsford by a repeat sex offender brought
loopholes in the sexual offender laws to light.



Very interesting indeed, not sure if the death penalty is the right punishment for these pos i think it is too light.

ScoopD (aka: Pam)

ha!   excellent news...   and the antis are under the misconception that they will abolish when in FACT it is just as strong as it has always been if not even getting stronger!    way to go south carolina...   i knew i was born in one helluva good state!
<br /><br />If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. -Thomas Paine<br /><br />My reason for supporting capital punishment: My cousin 16 yr. old Amanda Greenwell was murdered in March of 2004 at the hands of serial killer Jeremy Bryan Jones.

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