Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: June 25, 2008
Sen. Jonathan Nichols
Author of Oklahoma's
Law Giving Death Penalty to Child Rapists Reacts to
U.S. Supreme Court Decision
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck
down laws in several states, including Oklahoma, that allow the
death penalty for the crime of child rape.
The ruling drew a sharp rebuke from Oklahoma State Senator Jonathan
Nichols, who in 2006 authored Oklahoma's law subjecting repeat
child molesters to the death penalty.
"This is a heartless decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that
guts Oklahoma’s efforts to protect children from violent predators,"
said Nichols, R-Norman.
Nichols was alarmed by how far the Supreme Court went in applying
its decision to any and all child rape cases.
“No matter how young the child, no matter how severe the
injuries, no matter how strong the evidence, including video tape
and DNA, and no matter how many children were raped, the Court wrongly
ruled that the death penalty is excessive punishment,” said
Nichols. “Every person should read the factual circumstances
that lead a jury in this case to give the death penalty.”
The facts giving rise to the Supreme Court’s decision to
hold the death penalty excessive for child rape involved an eight
year old girl who was found on her bed bleeding profusely. The child
had sustained such violent internal tearing that the uterus was
ripped from the wall and her rectum had invaded the vaginal structure.
“Not only Oklahomans, but all of America should be alarmed
and awakened by these Justices’ complete disregard for our
values and the Constitution’s plain and clear language,”
charged Nichols. “These Supreme Court Justices have either
completely subordinated children into the category of subhuman,
or their morals are so vacant that all should question their competency
to uphold our Constitution which is founded on justice.”
For more information
Sen. Nichols' Office: (405) 521-5535