Straight Up with Sherri

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

KILLING KID KILLERS???

American judges ignore the very Constitution they swear to uphold...........AGAIN!


Hat tip: RWNJ

WASHINGTON (AP) - 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.

The 5-4 decision throws out the death sentences of about 70 juvenile murderers and bars states from seeking to execute minors for future crimes.

The executions, the court said, were unconstitutionally cruel.

It was the second major defeat at the high court in three years for supporters of the death penalty. Justices in 2002 banned the execution of the mentally retarded, also citing the Constitution's Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishments.



I will wait a bit to sound off my thoughts. Be sure to read the whole thing.


Right now I can only seem to concentrate on the last line above. I am dumbfounded how the "cruel and unusual punishment" phrase can apply to killers and not Terri. OUTRAGE!

I would like to share RWNJ's statement on this article with you.

Sherri:

"The court thus proclaims itself sole arbiter of our nation's moral standards," Scalia wrote. I am very upset about today's Supreme Court ruling. But not because I favor the death penalty, I don't. It is another example of the usurpation of power by the men in black. The majority opinion uses International Law and policy to dictate our standards rather than the Constitution of the United States that they have sworn (before God) to uphold. Justice Kennedy even used the rationale of two unratified treaties to support his arguments. What the people say doesn't matter. What the duly-elected legislatures say doesn't matter. Only what 5 ego maniacs say matters to them. This is an oligarchy that would make Satan proud. Evil reigns.



You can read the opinion with sidenotes HERE.

3 Comments:

  • There are actually 12 additional states (including my own Nebraska) that allow a juvenile to be tried as an adult and thus to receive a death penalty. This makes a total of 31 States (82% of States with the death penalty) that may, under certain circumstances, apply the death penalty to someone who has committed a capital offense while under 18. This is hardly the trend that the majority opinion cited.
    Furthermore, in Nebraska, an 18 year old is still a minor. The age of majority for all rights, except voting is 19.
    For more details on the Death Penalty in the United States, see DeathPenaltyInfo.org

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 8:09 PM  

  • I have found a few other related editorials that I recommend reviewing:
    The emperors' black robesThe Blue State Court International consensus rules us

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 2:09 PM  

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    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 2:16 PM  

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