Tennessee will allow death penalty for child rape starting July 1

May 14, 2024 | Political News

A Tennessee bill allowing for the death penalty in some cases of child rape was signed into law by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee.

House Bill 1663 authorizes the death penalty in some cases of child rape starting July 1.

Florida passed a similar bill and in 2023 brought its first proposed case involving the death penalty.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2008 in Kennedy v. Louisiana the Eighth Amendment’s Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause prohibits the death penalty in causes where the victim did not die.