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Court To Consider Death Penalty For Child Rape

Publication Date: 
April 13, 2008
Source: 
Reuters
Author: 
James Vicini

Professor Jeffrey Fisher is quoted in an article by Reuters discussing a case in front of the Supreme Court of a man who is on death row for raping a child:

Jeffrey Fisher, a Stanford University law professor representing Kennedy, argued that the U.S. Constitution bars imposing the death penalty for rape, regardless of the victim's age.

"Society views capital punishment as excessive punishment for child rape," Fisher said, citing a national consensus and international norms.

"Today no Western nation authorizes the death penalty for any kind of rape," Fisher said, adding that it is allowed in only a handful of countries, including China, Egypt, Jordan, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia.