by John Hawkins | June 26, 2008 9:02 am
If Barack Obama were honest, he’d admit that any Supreme Court Justice that he’d appoint would come down on the pro-child rape side in the Kennedy v. Louisiana decision. Of course, Barack Obama isn’t honest…
Democrat Barack Obama said Wednesday 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,” 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.”
The court’s 5-4 decision Wednesday struck down a Louisiana law that allows capital punishment for people convicted of raping children under 12, saying it violates the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
The ruling spares the only people in the U.S. under sentence of death for that crime — two Louisiana men convicted of raping girls 5 and 8. It also invalidates laws on the books in five other states that allowed executions for child rape that does not result in the death of the victim.
Now, which justices said that the Court had absolutely no business running roughshod over the Constitution to help child molesters? Why, that would be the justices who believe in sticking to the Constitution AKA the conservative justices: Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, and Alito.
Of those justices, Obama had an opportunity to vote for the confirmation of John Roberts and Samuel Alito. In both cases, he voted against confirming them.
On the other hand, back in May of 2008, when he was asked which SCOTUS justices he would “model,” he pointed to Ginsburg and Breyer, both of whom are extremely liberal judges that ignored the Constitution to side with child molesters in the Kennedy v. Louisiana case.
So when Obama puts on his best frowny face and says he “disagrees with the Supreme Court’s decision outlawing executions of people who rape children,” it’s all election year bullflop. His “models” supported the decision, anybody he appoints to the Court would certainly support the decision, and if he weren’t running for the presidency, you can be almost certain that he’d personally support it as well.
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