Friday, May 06, 2005

Justice Department Under Gonzalez Still Brutal

Vermont, in a wondrous expression of its values and consistent with federalism, abolished the death penalty decades ago. The last execution in Vermont was in 1954. That's the age of Jim Crow, before Vietnam, for those who are counting. Vermonters take life seriously....

But the Bush Administration doesn't care. If the Vermont authorities won't bring a capital case, then it will. It is making a federal case out of a standard state murder case just because the Justice Department believes the defendant deserves death. (AP)

"It's clear that the state doesn't want it," said Allen Gilbert, executive director of the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. "Yet the federal government is coming in and imposing it on us. They are imposing a system of justice we rejected."

3 Comments:

At 4:05 PM, Anonymous donzelion said...

Fascinating, eerie, and astute politics for the Reps...while some might claim it's hypocritical to argue for federalism while subverting it in practice, actually the goal is to make liberal states fear the power of the central government - and be willing to cut taxes to prevent that government from squashing them...

Spooky. And a lousy opportunity to discuss the death penalty itself, as the accused person becomes the focus of discussion, rather than morality or wisdom.

 
At 12:01 AM, Blogger ats54 said...

I thought the GOP was all about states rights. Did I miss something here?

 
At 11:14 AM, Blogger Infission said...

Yeah, you did. The GOP is only about states' rights for Right states. Recall the proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, supported by the President and many Republicans, which would subverted the states' rights to determine their own values regarding marriage.

 

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