David Allyn Dokich - Serial Child Rapist / High Risk Sex Offender

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Legislation would allow death penalty for repeat sex offenders

Under new bill someone convicted of a second sex offense against a child could be subject to execution

by Ron Jenkins /The Associated Press

March 07, 2006

OKLAHOMA CITY — Repeat sex offenders could be executed under a bill approved Tuesday by the Oklahoma Senate.

Backers of the legislation, which now goes to the House, called it a groundbreaking measure to protect children, while opponents called it extreme and unconstitutional.

“This is a redneck re-election bill,” said Sen. Bernest Cain, D-Oklahoma City. “This is a way to get your rednecks out to vote, who believe we ought to fry a lot of people.”

Under the bill by Sen. Jay Paul Gumm, D-Durant, a second sex offense against a child could subject someone to execution or life in prison without parole.

Some senators questioned the bill's constitutionality since the U.S. Supreme Court had required aggravating circumstances to be present in murder cases that lead to the death penalty.

“Child molestation in many ways is the most heinous of crimes,” said Gumm. “We allow the death penalty for someone who has killed the body. Why in the world would we allow someone to escape who has killed the soul?”

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