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My Camera Editorial Advisory Board comment published on June 28, 2008, in response to the Camera’s question: The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that execution is confined to attacks that take a life and to other crimes including treason and espionage. The vote derailed the efforts of nearly a dozen states supporting the right to execute those convicted of raping a child. Politicians have vowed to pursue making the death penalty a possible sentence for child rapists. What do you think?

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 this week that it was unconstitutional to condemn a child rapist to death. The mother and grandmother inside of me cries out at the Court, “What are you thinking? Anyone who would harm children deserves the book to be thrown at them. No, they need to be locked up for life. No, they deserve worse.” The death penalty is certainly worse, but I do not believe it is a fair punishment.

The Mosaic Law said an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. If we, the people, armed with the power of our government, become as big of monsters as the perpetrators of crimes, where are we? And what if the facts aren’t straight? How many death row cases have been overturned because of new evidence? I support the death penalty but don’t want it to be used in cases that do not result in death of the victim. Maybe it’s back to that Mosaic Law thinking.

So, I don’t agree with Alabama Attorney General Troy King when he said anyone who cares about children should be outraged by the Supreme Court’s decision and that the country is less safe because of it. I think we should be outraged at rape of children and do everything in our power to protect them. A 12-foot-by-12-foot cell for life might be enough.

*This title was not part of the Camera publication.

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