|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
|07-343||La. S.Ct.||Apr 16, 2008||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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