Not really, but I do agree with the Daily Kos that the Supreme Court's decision to bar the death penalty for juveniles is a net good.
While I'm certain this case has raised the ire of Abbie Carmichael, I'd like to see the United States abolish the death penalty. Not on grounds of procedural imperfection or discrimination, but on moral grounds.
I'm sympathetic to those who argue in favor of capital punishment. I understand and appreciate its theoretical benefits. But at the end of the day I don't know that whatever deterrent or cathartic effects it has are worth the harm it does to our culture. Life, all life, is precious. When there is a workable, practical alternative, the government--meaning we the people--should not be in the business of destroying life.
Every time the government executes a prisoner, it hardens us that much more to the act of abortion, or embryonic stem-cell research, or to the every-day moments where mercy is needed.
In general, courts shouldn't make law. But this case, since it applies only to juveniles, is a smaller form of overreach. Hopefully popular opinion will one day swell so that legislatures, and not the judiciary, will make the death penalty a thing of the past.
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