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In the Supreme Court of the United States Kennedy Vs. Louisiana On Writ Of Certiorari to the Supreme Court BRIEF FOR THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (APA) AS AMICI CURIAE SUPPORTING THE DEFENDANT, PATRICK KENNEDY
2 Submitted by Evan Albright December 6, 2013 TABLE OF CONTENTS
3 Page TABLE OF AUTHORITIES ……………………………………………………. 4 INTEREST OF AMICI CURIAE ………………………………………………… 6 SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT ……………………………………….…………. 7 ARGUMENT ……………………………………………………………….…… 8 A. Why courts should do away with the death penalty for child rape, a penalty that does more harm than good …………….….. 8 1. The effect the death penalty will have on future sexually abused or rape victims ………………………...…..……. 8 2. The effect the death penalty will have on the recovery process of victims ……………………………………… 9 B. Why the death penalty for child rape cases does not fit the crime ………………………………………………………….. 10 1. No lives were taken in the crime, no lives should be taken in the punishment ………………………………. 10 2. Patrick Kennedy’s sentence to death violates the 8 th amendment of “cruel and unusual punishment” …………. 11 C. Why child rape is not psychologically damaging enough for the victim to constitute for death …………………………………….. 12 1. Success in therapy for victimized children when trauma is caught at an early age …………………………... 12 2. Child rape victims all grown up, living life ……………………… 14 CONCLUSION …………………………………………………………..……… 16
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