Friday, April 18, 2008

Justice Stevens renounces the death penalty

According to an article in this morning's New York Times, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, a Republican anti-trust lawyer when he was selected to the court 33 years ago, has just renounced the death penalty.

[Justice Stevens] said, the time had come to reconsider "the justification for the death penalty itself." He wrote that court decisions and actions taken by states to justify the death penalty were "the product of habit and inattention rather than an acceptable deliberative process" to weigh the costs and risks of the penalty against its benefits.

Read the entire article

American Conservatives must be getting very tired of Supreme Court Justices who were solid conservatives when selected to be on the Court by Republican presidents gradually become flaming liberals after years of the deep thought about the issues that being on the Court requires. Apparently not only do the facts have a liberal bias, as John Stewart famously said, but reason and logic do also.

Maybe that is why the main-stream press wants us to focus on flag lapel pins, speaking (and laughing) styles and other trivialities. If Americans actually gave some thought, rather than just emotional knee-jerks, to the issues, such as what is the most effective way to provide health care to all our citizens and what type of foreign policy would make us the safest they might all become flaming liberals.