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Obama Backs Death Penalty for Child Rapists

Dem disagrees with Supreme Court ruling against Louisiana law
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Jun 26, 2008 6:10 AM CDT

(Newser) – Barack Obama joined rival John McCain yesterday in supporting the death penalty for child rapists, the AP reports. The Democratic candidate spoke after the Supreme Court ruled against a Louisiana law allowing capital punishment for child rape, saying it violates the constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The verdict negates similar laws in five other states.

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"I have said repeatedly that I think that the death penalty should be applied in very narrow circumstances for the most egregious of crimes," Obama told reporters yesterday. "I think that the rape of a small child is a heinous crime, and if a state makes a decision that under narrow, well-defined circumstances the death penalty is at least potentially applicable, that does not violate our constitution." (Read more Barack Obama stories.)

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