FL Republicans Propose Death Penalty In Child Rape Cases

  • Republican lawmakers Wednesday filed proposals that seek to allow the death penalty for people who commit sexual battery on children under age 12.
  • The proposals (SB 1342 and HB 1297), filed by Sen. Jonathan Martin, R-Fort Myers, and Rep. Jessica Baker, R-Jacksonville, conflict with longstanding decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court and the Florida Supreme Court that bar death sentences in such cases.
  • The bills, filed for the legislative session that will start March 7, contend that a 2008 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in a case known as Kennedy v. Louisiana and a 1981 decision by the Florida Supreme Court a case known as Buford v. State were wrongly decided.
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