Sunday, August 18, 2013

OH - Lawmaker wants to expand death penalty to include sex crimes

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Well I guess that is as close to a gas chamber as they can get. Doesn't surprise us at all. Anything to look "tough" on crime, especially ex-sex offenders.

08/17/2013

CLEVELAND (AP) - The case of 3 Cleveland women held captive for a decade is inspiring an Ohio lawmaker to call for expanding the state's death penalty law.

State Rep. John Becker of suburban Cincinnati wants the death penalty to cover some sex-related crimes.

His proposal introduced Friday (HB-244, PDF) would allow for the death penalty in cases of rape, sexual battery and improper sexual contact with a minor if the suspect has a previous sex crime conviction and there are aggravating circumstances.

Becker says he was driven to call for a change after the three Cleveland women escaped in May.

Ariel Castro was convicted of repeatedly raping the women but he wouldn't have been eligible for the death penalty under Becker's proposal because he didn't have a previous sex-related conviction.

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6 comments :

Chance_X74 said...

I guess Becker isn't concerned with the 2008 SCOTUS Kennedy vs Louisiana (07-343) majority decision stating: "a death sentence for one who raped but did not kill a child, and who did
not intend to assist another in killing the child, is unconstitutional
under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments" and "(laws that allow the death penalty where no murder was committed) risks its own sudden descent into brutality, transgressing the constitutional commitment to decency and restraint."

NJ45143112 said...

I suppose it had to happen sooner or later...
Bad enough that all sex offenders are the favorite scapegoats for all of society's ills but now their going to try and start killing us...
No, I didn't rape, kill or even touch anybody else in my life and do believe that anybody that does should be accountable. However, state sanctioned murder for one level could easily slide downhill and affect the rest of us...
Might as well set up an arena and cater in some lions. At least the state could make a few bucks in the process and save the taxpayers the expense...

Sex Offender Issues said...

Thanks for the info. We've added links to that case in the article, and you can find it here:


http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/kennedy-v-louisiana-no-07-343

oncefallendotcom said...

How often does some pandering politician ever write a bill that would have actually impacted the very person that inspired the bill?

oncefallendotcom said...

I just got off the phone with the sponsor of the bill, Rep. Becker (he actually called me during my sacred dinner hour LOL). At any rate, he said that he believes if enough states would pass a similar bill, then SCOTUS would change their mind because SCOTUS ruled based on what they believed to be state consensus.

I told him that passing this bill was the proverbial nose in the camel's tent. After all, the Jacob Wetterling Act was ALSO intended to be a limited list for repeat offenders only, just like this bill. I warned him the bill would expand and the risk of executing the wrong man will increase because many sex cries cannot be proven.

He admits he doubts the bill "likely won't pass."

Lois2010 said...

To have laws, as SCOTUS stated, that have a death sentence for one not causing a death is barbaric. To have a death sentence where evidence is not beyond all doubt is barbaric. Prosecutor misconduct and defense ineptitude are rampant in this country. We need to do away with these prior to considering putting anyone to death.