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from Rain Child - Wednesday, May 31, 2006
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Just saw this story on the news- It made my blood curdle!

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Saturday, June 10, 2006 - 15:00


Oklahoma Governor Approves Executing Child Molesters

New York Lawyer
June 9, 2006

By Tim Talley
The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma on Friday became the fifth state to allow the death penalty for certain sex crimes, although legal scholars questioned the constitutionality of the new state law.

Under the measure signed by Gov. Brad Henry, anyone convicted twice for rape, sodomy or lewd molestation involving children under 14 can face the death penalty.

South Carolina's governor signed a similar law on Thursday allowing the death penalty for offenders convicted twice of raping children younger than 11. Louisiana, Florida and Montana also have laws allowing the death penalty for certain sex crimes.

Defense attorneys and death penalty experts said the laws defy recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that have scaled back the death penalty's application.

Barbara Bergman, president of the Washington-based National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, said Supreme Court decisions have made it clear that the death penalty is reserved for someone who has taken another life.

"I'm not saying that raping a child is not a horrible crime, but no one has died," said Bergman, who was part of the defense team that avoided the death penalty for Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols following his 2004 conviction on 161 murder counts.

David Brook, a law professor at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., said the measure might actually put a child rape victim's life at risk.

"The last message you want to give an offender who has the life of a child in his hands is you might as well kill the child because he's already got the death penalty," said Brook, who runs the Virginia Capital Case Clearing House, which assists lawyers in death penalty cases. "This is a very stupid message."

No one convicted of a sex offense has been executed since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment 30 years ago, though one inmate is on death row in Louisiana following his 2003 conviction for raping an 8-year-old girl.

South Carolina's new law is named for 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford, a Florida girl who was kidnapped, raped and suffocated last year by a registered sex offender.

"Jessie's Law is about sending a very clear message that there are some lines you do not cross, and that if those lines are crossed the penalties will be severe," said South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.
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From Albatross
Sunday, June 11, 2006, 12:23

Can any good thing come out of Oklahoma???? Perhaps it can, perhaps it can. (reply to this comment
from Baxter
Thursday, June 08, 2006 - 18:14

I have no inhibitions as to suggesting: line 'em up, mow 'em down!
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From Fish
Saturday, June 10, 2006, 11:53


Suetonius, you live! I was begining to think you had abandond us!

Ever been to Rome? I just came back from a stroll on Palatine hill. Naananaahh! (I know, such refinement. I dont know how I do it.)(reply to this comment

from zig
Wednesday, June 07, 2006 - 11:49

That was descusting.
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from AMC28
Monday, June 05, 2006 - 13:01

That makes me absolutely ill..............
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from Fish
Monday, June 05, 2006 - 10:42

Yeah thats was all over the news in holland. Its stupid though, they would never be elected, dutch arnt like that.
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from Conqueror of Uranus
Thursday, June 01, 2006 - 13:03


A new political party in my living room is dedicated to legalizing the KILLING OF ADULTS who have sex with and/or molest children.
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from PopNFresh
Thursday, June 01, 2006 - 08:55


That article made me mad beyond words.
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from Nigel Powers
Thursday, June 01, 2006 - 08:17


There's only 2 things I hate. Intolerance of other cultures, and the Dutch.
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from Rain Child
Thursday, June 01, 2006 - 04:56

strange, isn't it, that the leader of this Paedophile party's name is Berg?
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From Gypsy
Thursday, June 01, 2006, 14:06

i know! i thought that weird too! there sick bastards is what they are! makes me wanna puke!(reply to this comment
From AndyH
Sunday, June 04, 2006, 20:25


Yeah, and what's up with his grill? He looks like a demon. I don't really see that face capturing the public. (reply to this comment

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