Supreme Court Forbids Juvenile Executions
The judicial activism continues: the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in a Missouri case to bar a penalty that had been legal in 19 states. Today's ruling reversed a 1989 Supreme Court decision that had allowed executions of 16- and 17- year-old killers.
"Juvenile offenders cannot with reliability be classified among the worst offenders,'' Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the court in Washington. He pointed to "the stark reality that the United States is the only country in the world that continues to give official sanction to the juvenile death penalty."
And all this time I thought the justices were supposed to interpret the U.S. constitution. In a dissent written for himself, Thomas and Rehnquist, Scalia wrote:
"Judges are ill-equipped to make the type of legislative judgments the court insists on making here."