I don’t get “outraged” much, but I’m at a loss here.
Really, all I can offer is a sigh followed by an outburst of anger:
The Supreme Court on Wednesday outlawed executions of people convicted of raping a child.
In a 5-4 vote, the court said the Louisiana law allowing the death penalty to be imposed in such cases violates the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
It’s too bad we can’t seem to get the raped children covered by this “ban on cruel and unusual punishment”…
“The death penalty is not a proportional punishment for the rape of a child,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in his majority opinion. His four liberal colleagues joined him, while the four more conservative justices dissented.
I agree, the death penalty is not a proportional punishment for the rape of a child, but it’s the best we can do. God would have to handle the rest.
But Justice Kennedy drifted away from his constitutional explanation for the ruling and let the real reason slip. This is the most frightening part of the ruling:
Kennedy said the absence of any executions for rape and the small number of states that allow it demonstrate “there is a national consensus against capital punishment for the crime of child rape.”
A “national consensus”? Why the hell do we even have a Supreme Court then? Let’s just have a national vote! Based on Anthony Kennedy’s reasoning, we might as well reverse the Dred Scott decision while we’re at it.
And do you really think that there would not have been a “national consensus” to kill this barbaric and perverted POS? I don’t think so. I’d bet that well over half of us would have volunteered to throw the switch. Anthony Kennedy is full of more crap than the septic tank outside the Sunsweet Prune Juice testing facility.
The child rapist in question is, coincidentally, named Kennedy. No relation to the Judge. At least I don’t think so, but you never know.
Update: I would have much preferred a ruling like the one described in this “news story” from The Onion (language warning):
Supreme Court Rules Death Penalty Is ‘Totally Badass’