Under our system of federalism, the individual states are permitted to create their own laws and extend rights beyond those granted by the government in
The Court’s ruling came out of a Louisiana case in which the death penalty was imposed on a man convicted of raping his eight-year-old stepdaughter. What is the specific application to our state? The 5-4 decision will affect Jessica’s Law, which was passed by the
The argument has been made that the Supreme Court decision will increase the number of convictions of child rapists. As explained by Karen Amacker with the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, "The reality is that child victims and their families don't want to be responsible for sending a grandparent, cousin or long-time family friend to death row." Only time will show if the removal of the death penalty option will give more children the courage to come forward as victims of this hideous crime.