The US Supreme Court has once again hit common sense upside the head with a two-by-four. They ruled that if a person under the age of 18 kills someone, they cannot face the death penalty...ever. This affects scores of ruthless killers currently sitting on death row across the nation.
First of all, "youthful" 16 and 17 year-olds now know that they are safe from execution. Commit a crime, do some time, get out and live many more years.
Secondly, murder is a state issue. Why is the punishment a federal issue? (Hat tip to Jim Quinn.) The states (and the populace) should determine how they handle the viscious among them.
Thirdly, Justice Kennedy reached into international laws and treaties to determine what Americans should think. What happened to the US Constitution?
Finally, the age of 18 is an arbitrary number determined by society. A 16 year-old knows right from wrong. A 17 year-old knows right from wrong. According to this ruling, someone who is 17 years, 364 days old can kill and still be considered a child - unable to form thoughts of morality and culpability.
John Lee Malvo, Islamic Terrorist and DC sniper - safe from execution.
Columbine-style killers - safe from execution.
Yeah...that makes sense.