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  1. Sorry… have to wildly disagree with your assessment of Antonin Scalia. Your assessment is way, way off. First off… none of the “kids” on death row who are set-up for execution are actually kids anymore. The youngest I’ve been able to find online is 24 (now). Why is it we can assume a child is mature enough to choose to abort a child at 13 yet is not mature enough to carry out murder at 16? But the largest mistake(s) you have made in your assessment is that somehow the US law is subject to international law. US law is ONLY subject to the constitution. Capital punishment was not considered cruel and unusual in 1870… nor was ear notching for that matter. However, legislation has outlawed ear-notching as cruel and unusual… and rightfully so. The difference is that you have confused the judicial branch (aka the supreme court) with the legislative branch (aka the house and senate). Judges do NOT have the constitutional right nor authority to create policy or create legislation. Unfortunately the Warren court set this awful precedent of policy making from the bench. So much for legislative representation. In fact, judges of our era are rampantly disenfranchising the voters in their states by unconstitutionally overriding the voice of the people. Now… I’m not saying I am for or against the execution of juvenile murderers, but I AM for keeping the branches separate. If we wish to ban juvenile execution, or allow gay marriage, or abortion or a million other issues… let’s do it constitutionally by taking this to the legislative branch and let the people vote on it via their representatives… after all, we ARE a democratic republic. Voice of the people, not the judges should rule. Let’s keep this a representative government.

  2. You don’t understand the law.

    You don’t determine whether a person is eligible for execution based on their age at the time of execution. You base it on their age when they committed the crime. No one says a child is “not mature enough to carry out a murder at 16.” Where did you get that outlandish idea? Of course they are. But are they mentally mature enough to understand their action & understand that it is a gross violation of societal norms, esp. if many of them have mental defects or mental illnesses?

    Again, READ MY POST! I do not say that US law is “subject to international law.” Do you understand the diff. bet. saying the norms of international jurisprudence may be taken into acct. as a factor in rendering a decision about US law; and saying US law is subject to international law?? I highly doubt you understand the difference because you have bastardized my argument.

    So I see…because capital punishment was not considered cruel & unusual in 1870 it should not be considered such today? Does that mean that we should also return to the days of slavery (which only ended in 1863) or separate but equal (which was the norm after 1870)?? And you’re pleased that ear-notching was banned as cruel & unusual punishment, but hanging a man till he’s dead is not cruel & unusual? I guess we have diff. standards of what’s cruel & unusual. To me killing a man or woman is more cruel than notching an ear.

    You know nothing about constitutional law. If you did you’d understand that it’s the justices role to “interpret” the Constitution & that understandings of that document evolve over time. That seems to have missed you entirely.

    I know the diff. bet. the legislative & judicial branches so pls. don’t deign to lecture me on that subject. The justices in this case have not created policy or legislation. The Supreme Court ever since John Marshall’s first major decision have always seen their role as having the power to overrule laws and policies which violate the Constitution. You call this creating new policy & law. But it is actually what the Supreme Court has done almost fr. its inception. When the Court rules in a way you don’t like then it’s creating new laws & policies. When it rules in a way you like, then it’s interpreting the Constitution. You can’t have it both ways though I know you’d like to try.

  3. I just watched Justice Scalia last night on television. All I can say is wow! What a brilliant legal mind. What if one of these “Kids” you are so
    concerned about kills one of your Kids? We the people must decide how to
    best deal with feral youth, not the supreme court.

  4. Just watched the new German Hitler flick last night on television. All I can say is wow! What a brilliant thinker and such a handsome mustache to boot!

    If the decision Scalia wrote in this case is any indication of the overall quality of his opinions, I’d say that instead of “brilliant” I’d call him vapid, bankrupt, etc.

    What I find interesting in the comments posted here is that the writers simply do not know their own government. They don’t understand the three branches, their respective roles & the reasons for checks & balances. Imagine if these two were responsible for writing the U.S. constitution presently. “All I can say is wow!”

    Interesting that Paul suggests that “we the people” should decide which boys & girls fry. I’m sure glad that the framers had something very different in mind. A perfect example of why “we the people” don’t get final say in matters like this is the three ring circus currently playing in Pinellas County (Florida) where Michael Schiavo is begging for everyone to stay the hell out of the private affairs of himself & his wife. Thank God, both Judge Greer and Justice Kennedy found no reason to interpose their own will between Michael and Terri. If not for the cooler heads of judges, “we the people” would perform some egregious miscarriages of justice and law.

    And as for your repulsive and disgusting use of the term “feral youth” (as if teenage killers were little more than wild animals to be put to sleep for their misdeeds), I’d say you’d find life in Nazi German a bit more to your liking. In fact, might I make an ever so modest proposal in the spirit of Jonathan Swift? Instead of waiting for these wild human animals to kill why don’t we have them examined by doctors and given IQ tests at birth or shortly thereafter? Those who fail the test by exhibiting mental disease, defect or illness would be euthanized much as Hitler did in his era. Now that’s a plan I could get behind!

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