1997 Regular Session
To: Judiciary B
By: Representative Moore
House Bill 543
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 97-3-65, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT RAPE OF A CHILD AGED 13 OR UNDER SHALL BE PUNISHABLE BY DEATH; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 97-3-65, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
97-3-65. (1) Every person eighteen (18) years of age or older who shall be convicted of rape by carnally and unlawfully knowing a child under the age of fourteen (14) years, upon conviction, shall be sentenced to death * * *; provided, however, any person thirteen (13) years of age or over but under eighteen (18) years of age convicted of such crime shall be sentenced to such term of imprisonment as the court, in its discretion, may determine. In all cases where the child is under the age of fourteen (14) years it shall not be necessary to prove penetration of the child's private parts where it is shown the private parts of the child have been lacerated or torn in the attempt to have carnal knowledge of the child.
(2) Every person who shall forcibly ravish any person of the age of fourteen (14) years or upward, or who shall have been convicted of having carnal knowledge of any person above the age of fourteen (14) years without such person's consent, by administering to such person any substance or liquid which shall produce such stupor or such imbecility of mind or weakness of body as to prevent effectual resistance, upon conviction, shall be imprisoned for life in the State Penitentiary if the jury by its verdict so prescribes; and in cases where the jury fails to fix the penalty at life imprisonment the court shall fix the penalty at imprisonment in the State Penitentiary for any term as the court, in its discretion, may determine.
(3) This section shall apply whether the perpetrator is married to the victim or not.
(4) The Department of Public Safety shall collect all data relating to spousal rape violations and convictions under this section. Such information shall include the name and age of all victims and violators of spousal rape under this section. The information collected under this subsection shall be subject to all confidentiality requirements imposed by law for criminal records. The Department of Public Safety shall provide such data excluding the identification of victims and unconvicted violators to the Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate on January 1, 1994, and each year thereafter for a period of three (3) years.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.