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  Blunt submits Supreme Court brief supporting death for child rape
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Last EditedRBH  Mar 22, 2008 02:14am
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MediaNewspaper - Kansas City Star
News DateFriday, March 21, 2008 08:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionMissouri Gov. Matt Blunt has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting the death penalty for child rapists.

The “friends of the court” brief supports the state of Louisiana, which is defending a law authorizing the death penalty for offenders who rape children younger than 12.

Blunt proposed a similar law for Missouri in December and encouraged lawmakers in his State of the State address in January to pass such legislation.

State lawmakers have introduced bills in the Senate and the House this year that would allow the death penalty in forcible rape and forcible sodomy cases involving children. Neither bill has made much progress.

Opponents have said such legislation could do more harm than good by encouraging rapists to kill their victims, since the penalties would be the same.
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