Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Death Penalty Unconstitutional

Today the Supreme Court, in a close 5 to 4 decision, has ruled out the death penalty for those who are under 18 at the time of the crime. I keep getting the sense that US public opinion is changing, ever so slowly, in its view of the penalty. The court reflects this but also the closeness of division on the issue. The US is a rarity among advanced countries in holding on to the death penalty. Much to our shame! Perhaps this latest decision will push the abolition along in the public mind and in the minds of the nine justices.