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June 25, 2008

Supreme Court rejects death penalty for child rape

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.

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