Back in June our Supreme Court outlawed executions of people convicted of raping a child. I was going to post about it then but I never got to it. Anyway, the vote was 5-4. Justice Kennedy (pictured) wrote, "The death penalty is not a proportional punishment for the rape of a child." One wonders how the Justice might feel if this was a personl issue and not just a judicial rulling. Nevertheless, I can only imagine the sheer horror of such a crime and the raw anger that must flow from parents. I'm no legal expert but I say the death penalty is as proportional as we can get in this life for such a heinous act. Kennedy is one of Ronald Reagan's appointments to the high court. This one certainly could've been better. (Reagan did hit a homerun with Antonin Scalia however!) In Reagan's defense it is hard to guarantee how a justice will rule. They have life terms and virtual impunity.