Case Study: The Kennedy V. Louisiana

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The Kennedy v Louisiana was a Supreme Court case dealing with whether or not the Eighth Amendment allowed for the death penalty to be used when a crime did not end in death. The original case dealt with charging Patrick Kennedy with the death penalty for the severe rape of his stepdaughter. The rape left the eight year old girl with profuse vaginal bleeding due to extreme tearing in her vaginal area and anus. Despite the rape being severe and requiring hospitalization for the girl, the court decided that sentencing the death penalty was only for the most extreme cases in which the crime ended with death. It is important to note that his ruling only concerns crimes against individuals rather than state cases.
In a previous court case, Coker
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