The case involves an ongoing tug of war between the high court and the highest court in Oregon.
Five justices footnote their June opinion about a 'national consensus' against using the death penalty for child rapists.
Handgun bans under fire after high court's ruling. Oak Park, Ill., fights back.
Key decisions of this term show a willingness of some justices to reject political leaders' judgments.
The historic 5 to 4 ruling says the right to bear arms applies to individuals.
The case involved a California man who killed his ex-girlfriend after she complained to police.
In a 5-to-4 ruling, the justices decide child rape isn't a capital offense.