Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Typically, they claim this shows he's incompetent, calling it "suicide by court," an insulting phrase that denigrates the entire justice system. They apparently couldn't imagine that someone might actually feel remorse, acknowledge the justice of his sentence, and not wish to contest or prolong it by a bunch of frivolous appeals. Who knows, maybe these defense attorneys just can't stand the idea that they're being cut out of the process.
I think it would be cruel and unusual punishment to force an inmate to have to associate with lawyers he doesn't want to associate with.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
What amazes me is that we have to fish for surreptitious recordings to find out what these guys really think: they're obviously too afraid to be open about their views, and bank on the hope that they can snow the electorate by putting on a facade of moderation and smooth speech.
This bile from Warner doesn't actually surprise me-- he already has shown that he's a bald-faced liar, promising not to raise taxes when he was running for Virginia governor, then turning around after being elected and pushing through the largest tax increase in the history of the Commonwealth.
Monday, October 06, 2008
His death sentence has already been reversed, sadly, but his lawyers were hoping to get a new trial.
More about his case here and here.
Saturday, October 04, 2008
A sweet sight, indeed--->
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Another example of why sex offender registries are important... and why recidivism is a special concern with sex offenders. When they re-offend, it's not about a store losing merchandise or a drunk driver on the road, or some similar harm. The very nature of these offenses is uniquely destructive.
I am voting against the petition for rehearing because the views of the American people on the death penalty for child rape were, to tell the truth, irrelevant to the majority’s decision in this case. The majority opinion, after an unpersuasive attempt to show that a consensus against the penalty existed, in the end came down to this: “[T]he Constitution contemplates that in the end our own judgment will be brought to bear on the question of the acceptability of the death penalty under the Eighth Amendment.” Of course the Constitution contemplates no such thing; the proposed Eighth Amendment would have been laughed to scorn if it had read “no criminal penalty shall be imposed which the Supreme Court deems unacceptable.” But that is what the majority opinion said, and there is no reason to believe that absence of a national consensus would provoke second thoughts.
While the new evidence of American opinion is ultimately irrelevant to the majority’s decision, let there be no doubt that it utterly destroys the majority’s claim to be discerning a national consensus and not just giving effect to the majority’s own preference. As noted in the letter from Members of Congress, the bill providing the death penalty for child rape passed the Senate 95–0; it passed the House 374–41, with the votes of a majority of each State’s delegation; and was signed by the President. JUSTICE KENNEDY’s statement posits two reasons why this act by Congress proves nothing about the national consensus regarding permissible penalties for child rape. First, it claims the statute merely “reclassif[ied]” the offense of child rape. Ante, at 2. But the law did more than that; it specifically established (as it would have to do) the penalty for the new offense of child rape—and that penalty was death: “For an offense under subsection (a) (rape) or subsection (b) (rape of a child), death or such other punishment as a court-martial may direct.” §552(b)(1), 119 Stat. 3263 (emphasis added). By separate executive order, the President later expressly reauthorized the death penalty as a punishment for child rape. Exec. Order No. 13447, 72 Fed. Reg. 56214 (2007). Based on these acts, there is infinitely more reason to think that Congress and the President made a judgment regarding the appropriateness of the death penalty for child rape than there is to think that the many non-enacting state legislatures upon which the majority relies did so—especially since it was widely believed that Coker took the capital-punishment option off the table.