June 26, 2008


Obama Criticizes Supreme Court Death Penalty Ruling (SARA KUGLER, June 26, 2008, AP)

Senator Obama said yesterday he disagrees with the Supreme Court's decision outlawing executions of people who rape children, a crime he said states have the right to consider for capital punishment.

"I have said repeatedly that I think that the death penalty should be applied in very narrow circumstances for the most egregious of crimes," Mr. Obama said at a news conference. "I think that the rape of a small child, 6 or 8 years old, is a heinous crime and if a state makes a decision that under narrow, limited, well-defined circumstances the death penalty is at least potentially applicable, that that does not violate our Constitution."

Thus he sides with the Justices he opposes and against the types he says he'd appoint, suggesting it's not a power he ought have.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 26, 2008 7:25 AM

But if his daughter made a "mistake" he would not be so brutal as to punish her with a child.

Posted by: h-man at June 26, 2008 1:13 PM
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