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Governor Jindal Praises Progress on Supreme Court Possibly Readdressing their Ruling Against Death Penalty for Child Rape

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Location: Baton Rouge, LA


Governor Jindal Praises Progress on Supreme Court Possibly Readdressing their Ruling Against Death Penalty for Child Rape

Today, Governor Bobby Jindal issued a statement praising the Supreme Court's request for prosecutors, defense attorneys, and the federal government to weigh in on whether they should grant a rehearing of the Louisiana v. Patrick Kennedy case where their recent ruling outlawed the death penalty as a punishment for the brutal crime of child rape.

Governor Bobby Jindal said, "I am pleased and encouraged by this development from the Court. It was factually wrong, legally improper and absurd for the Court to base their original opinion on a perceived ‘national trend' against the death penalty for such a horrific crime. Their faulty ruling in this case harmed the credibility of the Supreme Court and has re-energized the public's opposition to activist judges using their appointed position to legislate their own perception of politics. The role of the Court is to interpret the Constitution, not to evaluate moral trends based on their analysis of the political climate."

The Times Picayune reported earlier today that Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond in Virginia, characterized the Court's recent decision to rehear from the parties in this case a something that is "not routine and may be a sign that the Supreme Court will reconsider" their ruling against the death penalty as a punishment for the horrific crime of child rape.


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