House Slows Push for Death Penalty in Child Sex Cases

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The House is delaying a vote on a crackdown against sex offenders.

The move yesterday came as questions again surfaced over the constitutionality and consequences of allowing the death penalty in some child sex cases.

The bill -- dubbed "Jessica's Law" -- seeks to add the death penalty for repeat offenses against victims under 14 and adds other measures to stiffen penalties for sex crimes.

Supporters have called it a strong deterrent against sex crimes.

But critics argue the death penalty in child sex cases is likely unconstitutional and could lead some offenders to murder their young victims.

The House has put off the bill until Monday. The Senate is considering a similar bill.

"Jessica's Laws" are named after Jessica Lunsford, a Florida girl who was abducted and killed two years ago, allegedly by a convicted sex offender.

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