SCOTUS does the right thing

Morally, that is. Legally, I'm not so sure, since I'm not a lawyer, not even a dilettante in the field, but I'm heartened that people who aren't old enough to be considered adults when they commit crimes won't be executed anymore.

he Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the Constitution forbids the execution of killers who were under 18 when they committed their crimes, ending a practice used in 19 states.

The 5-4 decision throws out the death sentences of 72 juvenile murderers and bars states from seeking to execute minors for future crimes.
Antonin Scalia had his predictable hissy fit over the decision, saying it was the next step in the removal of power from the states (whenever he writes that, and he does so pretty regularly, I can't help but scream Bush v. Gore!). O'Connor was her regular self, looking to carve out individual options instead of bright line decisions meant to help lower courts actually make decisions.

Whatever--the important thing is that we won't be executing minors anymore. Maybe one day we'll stop executing people all together, but until then, this is a good step.

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