Patrick Kennedy, Petitioner v. Louisiana

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  • Military Death Penalty for Rape

    Military Death Penalty for Rape
    In approximately 1863 the Military made the death penalty the punishment for rape during wartime.
  • The Death Penalty for Rape in Peace Time is Passed

    The Death Penalty for Rape in Peace Time is Passed
    Before 1950 the law applied to rape commited during wartime, not peace time as well. After the law was passed, rape, during peacetime or wartime, resulted in death.
  • Military Death Penalty Applied

    Military Death Penalty Applied
    The last Military Death Penalty case, until Kennedy, was in 1961. It was not only for rape, but also for attempted murder. It resulted in the death of the respondent.
  • Furman v. Georgia

    Furman v. Georgia
    A military death penalty case arises. It was concluded that Furman was unable to be put to death, because of the eighth amendment.
  • Coker v. Georgia

    Coker v. Georgia
    Another Military Death Penalty case arises. They also concluded that it was unconstitutional to exicute a person who had not killed another human.
  • The Military Redefines the Law into Two Sections

    The Military Redefines the Law into Two Sections
    The military divided the penality into two different kinds of rape. Child rape: results in death. Adult rape: also results in death.
  • Patrick Kennedy Potitions for Rehearing

    Patrick Kennedy Potitions for Rehearing
    He proposed that the Court's judgement was being effected by the involvement of the UCMJ (Uniformed Code of Military Justice).
  • The Supreme Court Found That the UCMJ was not Effecting thier Judgment

    The Supreme Court Found That the UCMJ was not Effecting thier Judgment
    The Supreme Court found that the UCMJ was not effecting their judgement.
  • Supreme Court Decides on the Case

    Supreme Court Decides on the Case
    The Supreme Court decided that it is unconstitutional for a person to be put to death for any crime that did not kill another person. Therefore, Patrick Kennedy was not able to be put death.They did this under the Eighth Amendment, the right not to be subject to any form of cruel or unusual punishment.
  • Supreme Court Write Up

    Supreme Court Write Up
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    Kennedy v. Louisiana