"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

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Chip, chip, chip

The Supremes will look at a case where the issue is whether life imprisonment without parole violates the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishments, where the offender was 13 years old when he committed his crime.

The case is Sullivan v. Florida (summary), and I predicted here that it's the first battle in a long campaign to convince the SCOTUS to chip away at LWOP sentences under the guise of the Eighth Amendment.

This is how the law is used by social engineers who can't succeed in the court of public opinion. Can't democratically outlaw a form of punishment you don't agree with? Chip away at it in the courts.

As this case demonstrates, elimination of the death penalty, a long-time goal of legal activists, is only one part of the agenda for the criminals' lobby. So when they preach LWOP as an alternative negating the need for capital punishment, remember this case and the other sure to follow.

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