Tuesday, March 01, 2005

SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN JUVENILE DEATH PENALTY

Rock the fuck ON. If you're going to have a crazy constitutional standard like "evolving standards of decency" thank you for applying it correctly.

Kennedy wrote the majority opinion.
Stevens's concurrence
O'Connor's dissent
Scalia's dissent

Yahoo article:
In a dissent, Scalia decried the decision, arguing that there has been no 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 in a 24-page dissent.
"The court thus proclaims itself sole arbiter of our nation's moral standards," Scalia wrote.


EDIT: Dahlia's take on it

For better or for worse, buddy, that's what you got goin' on.

In other news, A Spotty Record of Health Care at Juvenile Facilities in NY - another article on Prison Health Services and their treatment of incarcerated individuals.

I really love the kiddos. Really really love them.

1 comment:

BL said...

I had to ask a question during our mngmt meeting today since the company in question owns our company. The question was, "Did you guys read the articles?" The answer (my boss is a pharmacist, mba, and attorney, go figure), was the usual blanket answer to make everyone feel better. I said, "Yes, but a heart attack is something that you don't see coming, having a baby (in the toilet) is something that should have been noted for about, oh let's say, 9 months?" It's funny b/c it's common knowledge that the type of professional that would want to work in a correctional facility is usually different than the one in the community working as a general practitioner... makes me go hmmm.