(The Return of) Ignatz, by Sam Heldman

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

death penalty
As you may know, the Supreme Court held (pdf) today that the Constitution forbids the execution of people for crimes that they committed when they were younger than 18. A wonderful result as a matter of policy. Whether it was a proper constitutional holding -- something that the Supreme Court can and should remove from the legislative realm -- is a hotly debated question, of course, and is a fascinating example of this sort of question if you're into that kind of debate. I am comfortable with it being a judicial question. I am freaked out that it had to become one.

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