S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford signed a bill Thursday that allows prosecutors to seek the death penalty for repeat child molesters in certain cases.
The law toughening penalties for sexual predators is named after 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford, a Florida girl kidnapped, raped and suffocated last year by a registered sex offender. South Carolina's measure is similar to others approved in states across the country after her death, with the added provision of allowing the execution of offenders convicted twice of raping a child younger than 11.
"Jessie's Law is about sending a very clear message that there are some lines you do not cross, and that if those lines are crossed the penalties will be severe," Sanford said.
Sanford called the bill an "enormous step" toward protecting the state's children.
Opponents questioned the constitutionality of the death penalty for a crime not involving murder.
(source: Associated Press)
They say you're beautiful And they'll always let you in But doors are never open To the child without a trace of sin R.J.D