Saturday, October 31, 2015
The high court under Chief Justice John Roberts has in recent terms agreed to rule on cases related to how states handle death penalty prosecutions and conduct executions, but has yet to weigh in on whether the practice violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.
The framing generation contemplated capital punishment. But even if you think "cruel and unusual" is a temporally relative term, capital punishment is not now cruel and it's only unusual because of the frankly abusive appellate process.
If a comet was heading toward Earth with extinction in tow, the last thing we should do before all the lights went out is execute everyone on death row. Well, that, and tidy up our yards.