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Supreme Court Rejects Death Penalty For Child Rape

Publication Date: 
June 26, 2008
Kansas City Star-Telegram
Michael Doyle

Jeffrey Fisher is mentioned in the Kansas City Star-Telegram in a story about the Supreme Court's decision involving sexual violence against children and the death penalty:

A closely divided Supreme Court on Wednesday prohibited states from executing those who rape children but don't kill their victims, retaining limits on the death penalty that have been in place for more than 30 years.

In a 5-4 decision, the court concluded that Louisiana had violated the Eighth Amendment in making the rape of a child younger than 12 a capital offense. The ruling blocks other states that have been considering similar punishment.


"The court makes clear that Louisiana's experiment with the death penalty for rape ran afoul of the United States Constitution," declared Ben Cohen of the Capital Appeals Project, which, along with Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher, has represented convicted Louisiana rapist Patrick Kennedy.