11/01/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Supreme Court Will Not Reconsider Decision on Child Rape

The Supreme Court today declined to revisit its June decision that it is unconstitutional to impose the death penalty on child rapists, although two justices said they would have reopened the case and two others sharply criticized the majority.

The state of Louisiana and the Justice Department had asked the court to reconsider the 5 to 4 decision because the court was not made aware of what they consider a crucial element: that Congress in 2006 made child rape a capital offense under military law.

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