Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Monday allowing the death penalty in convictions for the rape of a child under age 12, defying current U.S. Supreme Court precedent.
DeSantis, a Republican rumored to announce a 2024 presidential run in the coming weeks, signed three bills at a “Law & Order” press conference in Titusville, Florida.
Besides the measure aimed at making convicted child rapists eligible for capital punishment, with the minimum sentence of life in prison without parole, the two other bills will impose additional penalties on fentanyl and drug-related crimes targeted at children. Their aim is to protect Floridians from Democrat-supported bail reforms in liberal jurisdictions.