La. Gov. still wants death penalty for child rape

The Supreme Court’s ruling that the death penalty cannot be imposed for child rape where it did not result, and was not intended to result, in the victim’s death has not put the issue to rest in Louisiana.

Gov. Bobby Jindal said he is working with state lawmakers to enact a law reinstating capital punishment for child rapists that would pass constitutional muster despite the Court’s ruling in Kennedy v. Louisiana.

“If there is any crime (other than murder) that merits the death penalty, it is rape,” Jindal told applauding delegates to the 71st annual meeting of the Louisiana Municipal Association, according to a report by the Times Picayune.

The state has already petitioned the Court to reconsider its decision in Kennedy. The ruling invalidated the death penalty for child rape in Louisiana and five other states with similar laws.

Jindal told reporters that he and his aides had met with district attorneys and others in an effort to find a way “to craft legislation we think will stand their (the justices’) scrutiny,” including age limits for victims.

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