June 25, 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C. - According to the United States Supreme Court, child rapists should not die for their crimes.
The high court struck down a Louisiana law, but it's also a law in four other states, including South Carolina.
It allowed the execution of people convicted of raping a child.
In a 5-4 vote, the court says the sentence violates the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
Still, South Carolina's attorney general is urging prosecutors planning death penalty cases against child rapists to keep going.
He says by the time that case is appealed, there should be different justices on the U.S. Supreme court or more states will have passed similar laws.