Kennedy v. Louisiana

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07-343 La. S.Ct. Apr 16, 2008
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Jun 25, 2008 5-4 Kennedy OT 2007

Holding: The Eighth Amendment bars Louisiana from imposing the death penalty for the rape of a child where the crime did not result, and was not intended to result, in the victim's death.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 5-4, in an opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy on June 25, 2008. Justice Alito filed a dissenting opinion, in which Chief Justice Roberts and and Justices Scalia and Thomas joined.

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