Update: Urgent action is needed today! House Republican Whip Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) is so outraged by the United States Supreme Court’s decision in the Kennedy v. Louisiana child-rape case that he has drafted a letter to the Supreme Court Justices asking them to withdraw the current opinion and reconsider the case. He is currently circulating this letter to his colleagues urging them to voice their opposition as well by signing onto his letter. Please call your Representatives today at 202-225-3121 and ask them to add their voices to the issue. The courts should never consider “evolving standards of decency” in a brutal rape case.
Below you will find a recent audio interview on this troubling decision:
The U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion stating that child rapists can’t be executed for the crime. While CWA does not take a position on the death penalty, which is at the heart of this case, we do take exception to the majority opinion statement, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kennedy wrote that the majority opinion takes into account our nation’s “evolving standards of decency.” Dr. Janice Crouse, Senior Fellow and Director of CWA’s Beverly LaHaye Institute, has more on what makes that language so troubling.