Patrick Kennedy is a bad man. He was convicted in 2003 of the brutal rape of his 8-year-old stepdaughter in 1998 โ€” a rape so brutal that it required the services of a cleaning company to remove the blood from the carpets and extensive surgery to repair the little girl's internal injuries. For his crime, the state of Louisiana sentenced him to death, the first person to be sentenced to death under a law allowing it for child rapists. Today, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that executing Kennedy for his heinous crime would amount to cruel and unusual punishment. In a somewhat ironic statement, Justice Anthony Kennedy (no relation) wrote that "evolving standards of decency" meant that capital punishment should be reserved for murders. [The Nation, Washington Post, CNN]