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06/26/089

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's Statement On U.S. Supreme Court Decision On Child Rape

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Kennedy v. Louisiana:

"I'm disappointed with the Supreme Court's decision this morning. I believe, and the vast majority of Texans agree, that the death penalty is an appropriate form of punishment for repeat child molesters. Our top priority remains protecting our most precious resource--our children. Fortunately, our law here in Texas was carefully crafted to give prosecutors the option of seeking life in prison without parole in the event a court invalidated the death penalty provision. "It's ironic that, while a bare majority of the court felt there was no 'national consensus' for imposing the death penalty in non-capital cases, it has effectively prev ented states like Texas from developing such consensus from this point forward."

ckhalil@kltv.com

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