Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Supreme Court bans death penalty for minors.

All right! A victory for the opponents of the death penalty! Today the Supreme Court banned the execution of minors! The Reuters’ article reads as follows:

In a five to four vote, today the United States Supreme Court abolished the death penalty for those convicted of crimes committed before they were eighteen years old—a notable victory for opponents of the death penalty.

In declaring the death penalty for minors unconstitutional, the Court’s decision will affect about seventy death row inmates for crimes perpetrated when they were sixteen or seventeen years old.

This may not make us an entirely civilized nation yet, but it’s a start.


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