Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Child Rape Not Subject To Death Penalty

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that a Louisiana stepfather could not be sentenced to death for raping his 12 year old step-daughter. The rationale was that since the child was not killed, a death sentence was disproportionate to the crime. The decision, written by Justice Kennedy (what a shock) cited an "Evolving sense of decency." among other factors.

Let that sink in for a moment. You can rob a child of their innocence and trust, the former they can NEVER get back, and the latter can only be restored over time with a lot of effort, and frankly, the odds are against her, and the state can't take your miserable life away from you for doing so.

Another product of our enlightened times, no doubt. In ten years, I'm sure we can expect the rationale that she consented to it. After all, "consent" seems to be the excuse for turning cultural norms on their ears these days.

The Court issues its ruling on Heller tomorrow. God help us all if the Court screws that one up. No gun owner I know is going to go along with any incorrect ruling quietly.