"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Friday, June 01, 2007

La Dolce Vita

Italian prisoners sentenced to life want to receive the death penalty instead. Why? "'A life sentence is an invention of a non-God, a savagery beyond all imagination,' the letter said. The prisoners said they were 'not dead, but not alive either'."

Right. This despite the Italian practice of granting brief furloughs after ten years and the possibility of conditional release after 26 years. The article notes that an Italian Communist Party legislator is attempting to abolish life imprisonment.

Given how some elements in our legal establishment go all weak in the knees contemplating what benefits the Europeans extend to their criminals, just wait for them to argue that LWOP is "cruel and unusual" punishment under the Eighth Amendment.

HT: Cap Defense Weekly.