HIS 303 WK 2 Case of Kennedy vs. Louisiana - Kennedy vs...

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Kennedy vs. Louisiana 1The Case of Kennedy v. LouisianaGeorge L. Turner IIIHIS 303Professor Alina Perez-SheppeSeptember 27, 2010
Kennedy vs. Louisiana 2The Case of Kennedy v. LouisianaI will be examining and discussing the facts of how the court case of Kennedy v. Louisiana was interpreted according to the constitution’s guidelines. Patrick Kennedy was from New Orleans, LA and was accused of sexually assaulting his step-daughter whowas only eight years old in what the authorities called a very brutal encounter. The result of the assault required the young girl to have her rectal and vagina areas surgically repaired on her body (supremecourtus.gov). Kennedy refused to agree to a plea deal because he argued that he was falsely accused of this terrible crime. A Louisiana State law that was previously in effect before this case; was that anyone convicted of raping a child who is under the age of twelve may receive the death penalty as punishment. The reason that Louisiana can punish a person with the death penalty involving this type of crime is because they compare it to the severity of first degree murder (supremecourtus.gov). Children are considered to be a special group; from the law’s perspective in Louisiana. In 1995 Louisiana amended the law to include the death penaltyregarding this kind of crime along with four other states that also included capitol punishment previously. Eventually Kennedy was convicted of the crime and he was sentenced to death. The case was later appealed to the higher courts because Kennedy didnot agree with the sentence he received.

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