Friday, June 27, 2008

Supreme Court Rejects Death Penalty for Raping Children

On Wednesday, June 25, the Supreme Court outlawed the death penaltly for those convicted of raping a child. Whether or not you believe in the death penalty itself, you can't argue that those convicted of this crime should not be punished severly. Although the death penalty is a touchy subject that is argued by both sides of the spectrum, what is worse than raping a child? It is argued that "a life was not taken", so punishment by death would be cruel and unusual punishment. I wonder if the victim or their families feel that "a life was not taken". When someone is raped or sexually assaulted at ANY age, it is a life altering experience that some people do not come away from in a positive way. Victims of sexal assault will live with their trauma for the rest of their lives. Perpetrators oftentimes sit in a jail cell for a designated time, and then return to society. When they are sentenced to life in prison, at least they will have to endure their punishment until their days on this earth are done. Death, some will say is more fitting, but either way the perpetrators will not lead a "normal" life. Sitting in a jail cell and living with what you have done is sometimes worse than being put out of your misery by a death sentence. Every circumstance is different...

Some Justice Was Served

The woman who endured 19 hours of rape and torture by an ex convict received some justice this week. Robert Williams was found guilty of over 40 counts that included rape and attempted murder. He will be sentenced on July 24 and could be facing life in prison. Due to the nature of this attack, and his complete lack of concern, no punishment seems to be severe enough.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

She Survives 19 Hours of Torture

A Columbia University graduate student recounts the 19 hours of torture she was subjected to by Robert Williams, an ex convict. The young woman was able to point out her attacker in court as she described her ordeal. Williams showed no emotion in court. To hear more of her story: Please note: Some of the details given in this young womens testimony are disturbing and may not be appropriate for everyone.