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Death penalty updates

Yesterday Arizona executed its first person since November 2000. Robert Comer volunteered for the execution.

Also yesterday, the Louisiana Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of a man convicted of raping an 8-year-old girl. The defendant is the only inmate on death row in the United States for an offense other than murder. The United States Supreme Court has held that the death penalty may not be imposed for the rape of an adult woman, but the Court has not directly addressed a case involving a child victim.

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