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BREAKING 7-2-08 Gov Jindal Discovers Supreme Court Error in Child Rape Death Penalty Ruling
Wednesday, Jul 02, 2008 3:55pm

BATON ROUGE, LA (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town) BREAKING: LEGAL NEWS 6pm 7-2-08  Is it possible the State of Louisiana could force the U.S. Supreme Court to re-hear their recent ruling that declared the death penalty for child rape unconstitutional?  Well, according to Governor Bobby Jindal, that's a very real possibility. 

Today, the Governor released a statement regarding the factual error the Supreme Court made in their decision to overturn the death penalty in a Louisiana case of a man convicted of child rape (Patrick Kennedy case).  

Jindal alleges the Supreme Court overlooked the 2006 Act authorizing the death penalty for child rape under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and instead the court said there was no federal precedence in providing this type of sentence.  

“We have spoken to Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the attorney who presided over this case, District Attorney Paul Connick in Jefferson Parish, and have encouraged them both to seriously review these new facts and consider petitioning the court for a rehearing," Jindal said.
"As both the Governor of this great state and as a parent of three children, I continue to be outraged over the Supreme Court’s absurd decision to overturn a death penalty sentence for the brutal rape of a child while citing that ‘the death penalty is not a proportional punishment for the rape of a child;’ and I will do everything I can to see that this decision does not stand."

The Governor concluded.
“The Supreme Court got this case wrong, plain and simple. The most brutal and appalling crimes deserve the harshest penalties, and the horrible rape of an eight-year-old child most certainly is one of the most gruesome crimes imaginable. We are continuing to work on reviewing the ruling so we can amend our statute to maintain death as a penalty for this horrific crime.”

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