Cornyn Expresses Strong Disappointment In Supreme Court's Ruling Barring Death Penalty For Convicted Child Rapists
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today issued the following statement in strong opposition to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that held the death penalty for convicted child rapists categorically unconstitutional. The Court struck down a Louisiana statute that permitted juries to impose the death penalty on convicted child rapists. Under today's ruling, a similar Texas statute allowing for the death penalty to be imposed on child rapists in certain cases has also been held unconstitutional.
"Criminals who target and defile children are among the most morally depraved of humanity's offenders. If the people of a state, through their elected representatives, decide that a prison sentence is not adequate punishment for the heinousness of child rape and the harm that is inflicted on the victimized child, they should generally be free to impose the penalty they see fit. The Supreme Court has, once again, taken upon itself to remove an important social and moral question from the political process. This decision is extremely disappointing."
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