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Thursday, January 20, 2005

Death for Child Rape

The Georgia legislature is considering making child sodomy a capital offense.  Of course, Coker v. Georgia held that rape of an adult woman cannot be made capital, but the Court has never returned to the issue of whether sexual abuse of a minor warrants death.  LSU CrimProf Stuart Green is quoted in the article talking about Louisiana's law which also provides for death for some crimes involving children.  [Jack Chin]

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I would prefer to see efforts and energy being spent to put child pornographers and users of child pornography behing bars for a very, very long time, rather than focus so much on the death penalty. It seems to me we have a state of almost complete lack of crackdowns on child pornography. Deliberate disregard. One last article I came across mentioned that many of the people caught using/distributing child porn in one of the last FBI blitzes didn´t have anything happen to them. I think they weren´t even charged. Society does nothing about fueling the culture and socialization of child sexual abuse and it wants to discuss details about an occasional punishment. Punishment is an important issue, but it becomes a problem to focus on it without focusing on prevention. Most of the abusers are *not* even charged at the moment. That´s what needs more attention and action.

Posted by: Alessandra | Jan 20, 2005 7:54:09 AM

Ur comment is ok and understood, but the argument is not for ocassional punishment. it is for punishment of all people who rape children. I personally think the death penalty should be the only penalty for rapist especially of children. the rape of a child is death to ones self-identification, ad when recovered it is never the same. that is like when someone has a heart attack there heart and body is never the same. I think it is totally unfare to the victim to know that a part of them was killed never to be found again. the only way to bring justice to the situation is by equal punishment. there is nothing cruel and unusual about about capital punishment for murder. that is murder rape=muder. if u can not see that then there is something wrong with u.

Posted by: moon | Dec 1, 2005 6:40:47 PM

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