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Ted Cruz, Texas Senate Candidate, Defends Suggestion He Won Landmark Case He Actually Lost

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Ted Cruz, former Texas solicitor general is running for Senate in the state.
Ted Cruz, former Texas solicitor general is running for Senate in the state.

The law firm of Texas GOP Senate runoff candidate Ted Cruz seems to have been fudging details about a high-profile Supreme Court case Cruz litigated, the Dallas Morning News reports.

A biography posted on the firm's website suggests Cruz won a 2008 case about the use of the death penalty in child rape cases. In Kennedy v. Louisiana, the former Texas Solicitor General argued in favor of state laws that allowed capital punishment for child rapists. But in a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court ultimately decided those laws were unconstitutional.

The Cruz campaign later responded to the snafu, arguing that while the case is listed among others Cruz litigated and won at the Supreme Court, Kennedy v. Louisiana is the only one whose description didn’t begin by saying “successfully represented” or “successfully defended.” The case is simply described as "defended."

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