Latest Capital punishment in Louisiana Stories

2008-06-26 06:00:03

By David Stout The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 on Wednesday that sentencing someone to death for raping a child is unconstitutional, assuming that the victim is not killed. "The death penalty is not a proportional punishment for the rape of a child," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the court. He was joined by Justices John Paul Stevens, David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer. The court overturned a ruling by the Louisiana Supreme Court, which had held that child rape is...

2008-06-25 15:00:02

WASHINGTON _ 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. The ruling blocks other states that have been considering similar punishment. "There is a social consensus...

2006-02-06 11:01:32

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - A play reliving the detention of Guantanamo Bay prisoners is to be staged in the British parliament by human rights activists bidding to push their plight up the political agenda. "This is the court of public opinion -- the idea is to educate the folks in the House of Commons on what is happening," lawyer Clive Stafford Smith said on Monday. The reading of the play "Guantanamo - Honor Bound to Defend Freedom" is being staged on Thursday in one of...

Latest Capital punishment in Louisiana Reference Libraries

2010-10-26 18:09:56

Execution by electrocution, started in the United States, is an execution method in which the person being killed is strapped to a specially built wooden chair and electrocuted through electrodes placed on the body. Although its use is in decline the electric chair has become a symbol of the death penalty even though it was only used in the United States and briefly in the Philippines. The goal of the chair was to incapacitate the organs of the body in order to cause death. This was done...

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