A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


Saturday, August 06, 2005

"Serious flaws"

Yahoo News: Justice Stevens Criticizes Death Penalty":

CHICAGO - Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens issued an unusually stinging criticism of capital punishment Saturday evening, telling lawyers that he was disturbed by "serious flaws."

Stevens stopped short of calling for an end to the death penalty, but said that there are many problems in the way it is used.

Recent exonerations of death row inmates through scientific evidence are significant, he told the American Bar Association, "not only because of its relevance to the debate about the wisdom of continuing to administer capital punishment but also because it indicates that there must be serious flaws in our administration of criminal justice."
Well, there are "serious flaws" with the Supreme Court too, but we aren't doing away with it. Hopefully, we're working to correct them. We can do the same with capital punishment. For example, Death Row Inmates often sit around for years and years, enjoying meals and living, when they should be executed speedily.

I'll stop short of calling for an end to the Supreme Court, but there are many problems in the way it is used.