Thursday, March 03, 2005

Decisions, decisions...

Actually, only one decision is on my mind today. That would be the one handed down recently from the Supreme Court of the United States, regarding the legality of executing minors for committing capitol crimes. You can view/download a PDF of the decision here.

Whether you personally support the death penalty or not, you ought to be concerned about the basis of the court's decision. It lies not in our Constitution, but in the sentiment of various other countries - and this is a dangerous step to take. I feel that the Court has abdicated their responsibility to the whims of the rest of the world, rather than judging this issue in relationship to the Constitution, which is their primary role.

As noted by Cassandra at Villainous Company

"...Although one can easily disagree with the practice of capital punishment, especially when it comes to the execution of minors, the reasoning behind the recent decision in Roper v. Simmons is hard to defend..."

I encourage you to read her takes on the topic here and here.

My question for you is ...

Should we allow the trends in the EU and other countries to dictate to our legal system, or should we demand that the Court follow its core role as the interpreters of the Constitution of this country?