Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Supreme Court Rules Against Executing Children


Hard core for life. Especially when it comes to executing children.
The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the Constitution forbids the execution of killers who were under 18 when they committed their crimes, ending a practice used in 19 states.
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The executions, the court said, violate the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
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In a dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia disputed that there is a clear trend of declining juvenile executions to justify a growing consensus against the practice.

"The court says in so many words that what our people's laws say about the issue does not, in the last analysis, matter: 'In the end our own judgment will be brought to bear on the question of the acceptability of the death penalty,"' he wrote.

"The court thus proclaims itself sole arbiter of our nation's moral standards," Scalia wrote.
Clarence Thomas wrote "What Scalia said goes double for me. Triple even."