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Sexual predators are now protected against capital punishment.


A person who rapes a child cannot be sentenced to death, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Wednesday.

The justices say capital punishment should be reserved for murder cases only, and that the U.S. Constitution prohibits "cruel and unusual punishment" and opposes the death penalty "for the rape of a child where the crime did not result, and was not intended to result, in the victim's death." The court defended its decision by saying that even if a rape was especially abhorrent, it would be almost impossible to imagine a circumstance in which the death penalty would be warranted.

What's more, "the death penalty is not a proportional punishment for the crime of child rape" and the death penalty would be banned "no matter how young the child, no matter how many times the child is raped, no matter how many children the perpetrator rapes, no matter how sadistic the crime."

Teaching the rapist what he did was wrong is key, the court ruled. "In most cases justice is not better served by terminating the life of the perpetrator rather than confining him and preserving the possibility that he and the system will find ways to allow him to understand the enormity of his offense."

Currently, many states have imposed stricter legislation against rapists, including maximum penalties of 25 years in prison, and five states give the death penalty for raping a child.

Surprisingly, many victims' support groups agree with this decision. They say if the rapist knows he will be put to death anyway for his crime, there would be no reason or incentive to spare a child's life.

Do you think child rapists deserve the death penalty?

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Sarah June 26, 2008, 7:23 PM

YES. I think child rapists deserve the death penalty. Child rape IS killing the child… Just because they are still breathing, doesn’t mean that the pedophile should be able to ‘learn’ from their mistake. They CANNOT be rehabilitated…

Tammi June 26, 2008, 7:24 PM

They should rot and get raped themselves in jail for the rest of their lives… do unto others…

Hilliary Cliton June 27, 2008, 4:16 AM

Its proven that you cannot teach a child rapist that it is a bad thing. Nor can you do a Clockwork Orange on them. The state says that its cruel and inhuman. If you remove their genitalia they get mad and kill children. I say put them in prision on a island let them have access to pictures of children. Some will try to escape. The guards will have shoot to kill orders for prisioners trying to escape from prison. Win Win deal. In for life or death due to escape attempts.

alecia June 27, 2008, 1:04 PM

If someone raped my child, it would be all I can do not to hunt them down and impose my own death penalty. However, I think it should impose a mandatory life sentence for raping a child. Then they can spend their lives in prison being raped themselves. I hear that pedophiles are treated terribly by the other prisoners in prison. That’s more punishment than castration or a needle in the arm.

angie June 27, 2008, 2:37 PM

I feel that letting a child rapist “rot in prision” is just wasting tax payers money, and giving the inmates access to whatever they want: schooling, technology (computers) etc. Acts of extreme violence such as raping an innocent child, deserves the death penalty in my opinion- if every bit of evidence points to guilty.

Shalondria June 27, 2008, 5:20 PM

I believe that rapist should get the death penalty because it is basically taking the childs life away…..It happened to my cousin 3 weeks ago and it was hard on her and my family, she had to take HIV/AID prevention pills and other things to make sure there wouldnt be any thing wrong with her…She can barely talk about it without crying!……Rapist are sick in the mind and shouldnt be let to roam freely……People like that dont think properly and for the supreme court to just let them go to jail for a couple of years, isnt properly handling the situation……I strongly believe that they should get the death penalty and rot in HELL!!!!!!!……

sherry August 8, 2008, 1:00 PM

I have adopted 3 girls who have either been sexually abused by their birth father or who’s siblings were sexually abused. I was raped at age 14 by someone I had just met. I now volunteer as a chaplain for female juveniles. Because of all this, I have studied about sexual crimes and they are the ONE CRIMINAL THAT CAN NOT BE REHABILITATED! Put them to death to save more children from this horrible fate.

Sharon September 18, 2008, 9:09 AM

I understand what the support groups are saying, but considering that most child rape cases are by people who know them and they continue to do so (why would they want to get rid of their object), I don’t think that jives. Besides there are ‘people’ who kill their victims to make sure they can’t tell anyway. I totally disagree with the under no circumstances-type of wording, and listing no matter how young, how many times, how many kids… How is that acceptable??
I often say I won’t be thanking my ‘brother’ any time soon, but it’s true what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger…and I am strong. I try to help kids in particular, because again just because I am a strong survivor does not mean that I want any other child becoming strong for the same reasons! I believe in the death penalty for some things and I agree, I don’t think that these scum change! I thought (even as a child 10 years younger) that it was a kid thing and that he probably wouldn’t do it anymore after moving out, but when he moved back in the manipulation & tactics that worked when I was too young to know anything else (he “conditioned” me) didn’t work and so then he was threatening and violent as well (and he always was pretty much a psycho). I was always happy when he was dating because he usually left me alone.
I didn’t believe the castration thing would work to begin with and thought that they would just use objects and/or be more violent, but after realizing that the criminals usually have much higher testosterone (sp) levels and they are created there… Although Mike had a testical removed due to an accident while he was in the Navy and that didn’t help my situation at all!
So maybe they could try some counseling AND castration in some cases, but the rest need to be totally out of society and preferably dead (why waste our money, time, resources)…all our society is doing is creating more abusers as well. Often these people were also molested, raped, etc. I believe people need to be responsible for themselves once they hit adulthood though (I cut a little slack), and my experience (and what I’ve read and heard) is that most of these ‘people’ are the kind who blame everyone else…it’s not there fault, it happened to them (and they liked it so much they thought they would give someone else that pleasure???)
Sorry for the rambling! :-)

Saiful December 13, 2009, 9:55 PM

I hate a child rapist like a lot of people. No one can take it simply when his/her lovely child is raped by one (or more) who gave extreme painfull hart just to have sex!
I want them pass their Young and Sexy life (upto 55yrs) in a Jail alone…

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