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March 02, 2005

Supreme stupidity

In a 5 to 4 display of incredible stupidity, the Supreme Court yesterday outlawed executions of murders who committed their crime under the age of 18. To illustrate the absurdity of this ruling, let's look back a few years.

Napolean Beazley, in front of several witnesses, walked up to a 68 year old man, pumped two bullets into his head, walked through the pool of the victim's blood, drove off with the victim's car while the victim's widow was hiding beneath it. He was a few weeks shy of his 18th birthday when he committed the crimes, and was executed May 28th. 2002. Under yesterday's idiotic ruling, Beasley's life would have been spared. As will the 72 men currently on death row, who committed their crime under the magical age of 18.

Blathering for the majority, Justice Kennedy wrote, “The age of 18 is the point where society draws the line for many purposes between childhood and adulthood. It is, we conclude, the age at which the line for death eligibility ought to rest”

Responding angrily for those who dissented, Justice Scalia wrote, “Some murders are not just the acts of happy-go-lucky teenagers, but heinous crimes deserving of death.”

Coverage: Outside the Beltway, Powerline, Powerline, PoliPundit

Posted by Jack Lewis at March 2, 2005 10:00 AM

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