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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

SCOTUS Hears Decalogue Debate

Consider some of the majority's reasoning from Roper v. Simmons, as captured by the Washington Post:
In concluding that the death penalty for minors is cruel and unusual punishment, the court cited a "national consensus" against the practice... [emphasis added]

For the record, I generally oppose the death penalty. Nevertheless, I abhor the reasoning and the means here (subjective judicial interpretation vs. legislative process) for successfully chipping away at it.

Now consider this from the AP report on the Ten Commandments cases:
Ten Commandments displays are supported by a majority of Americans, according to an AP-Ipsos poll. The poll taken in late February found that 76 percent support it and 23 percent oppose it.

Not that I would like to see it, for the same reasons as above, but I'll bet dollars to doughnuts the usual suspects don't bring up national consensus.

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