Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Constitution forbids executing juveniles!

The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, held today that the Constitution forbids the execution of those who committed their crimes while a juvenile. The Court found that such executions violated the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

HOORAY! Maybe we do have some evolving notions of human decency after all. We still wait for the day in which every death sentence is seen as cruel and unusual punishment.

A special congrats to Professors Bryan Stevenson and Anthony Amsterdam for all that they do:
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.


At 6:31 PM, Blogger donzelion said...

A victory, but only in a battle. Most striking is that Alabama, with so few people, should have so many juveniles on death row! We must build broader victories than those won in courtrooms however.

At 7:39 PM, Blogger jrl20 said...

I firmly agree. Impact litigation can only take us so far. And in some cases, it isn't worth the backlash. In the end, we'll have to win the hearts and minds.

Nonetheless, you gotta applaud justice when ya' see it.


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