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April 16, 2008

A quick round-up before Kennedy capital child rape argument

At 10am today, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear argument in Kennedy v. Louisiana (07-343), the highly-anticipated case examining the constitutionality of imposing the death penalty for child rape. 

Both the mainstream media and bloggers have given the case considerable attention recently, with notable new pieces from CNN and Bloomberg and with new posts from Capital Defense Weekly and Concurring Opinions and The Faculty Lounge.  In the blogosphere, the most consistent and complete coverage of the Kennedy case has been over at Sex Crimes, which has a number of new posts on the case and has this fantastic resource page on the case.

For lots of reasons, I think that the Kennedy case could be very jurisprudentially consequential and that today's oral argument might well provide some insights into a case that I consider to be very challenging on the merits.  Some of my thoughts on the Kennedy case and the issues it raises can be found in these prior posts:

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Since the oral argument is today, I'm sure there will be a lot of coverage of the Kennedy case. To start things off, here are a few major media links:The Limits of the Death Penalty, New York TimesA Crime and [Read More]

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And on the eve of argument in Kennedy, the La. legislature passes a bill mandating castration (chemical or physical) for repeat, aggravated sex offenders...http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,351386,00.html

Posted by: JustClerk | Apr 16, 2008 7:59:57 AM

But the CO Senate killed the bill there that would have made child rape a death-eligible offense. See http://www.denverpost.com/legislature/ci_8891266

Posted by: fed clerk | Apr 16, 2008 2:36:03 PM

03:52 A.M.? Doc, get a life. Better yet, get some sleep.

Posted by: | Apr 16, 2008 5:14:38 PM

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