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Thursday, June 26, 2008


Supreme Court rules 5-4 that death penalty for raping children is unconstitutional:
Dissent from the high court's ruling reverberated around the country from Louisiana - the state where the case originated - to various levels of government.

"I think the rationale for this ruling was faulty - was absurd," Louisiana's Governor Bobby Jindal said.

. . .

And some states promised to keep looking for ways to hand down the death sentence for child rapists

That's a shot taking direct aim on the court's split five to four ruling, in Which Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority, saying the rape of a young child does not warrant the death penalty.

Supreme Court rules 5-4 that DC handgun ban is unconstitutional:
The ruling quickly became fodder for the presidential race. Sen. John McCain lauded the decision in a written statement, calling it a "landmark victory for Second Amendment freedom in the United States."

The Republican presidential hopeful criticized his rival Barack Obama's stance on the issue, saying the Democrat had refused to sign a statement calling for Thursday's ruling.

"Unlike the elitist view that believes Americans cling to guns out of bitterness, today's ruling recognizes that gun ownership is a fundamental right — sacred, just as the right to free speech and assembly," McCain said.

UPDATE: More responses to today's decision:
"In limiting its opinion to the matter of self-defense, and in saying the right is not absolute, the United States Supreme Court decision today is an explicit statement of support for cities all across America who are creating reasonable measures to limit the ability of those who will do harm, who will maim, who will buy, carry weapons illegally," Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said.

In San Francisco, which has some of the toughest handgun regulations in the U.S., Mayor Gavin Newsom said the ruling "just flies in the face of reality. You just wish the Supreme Court could spend a week in public housing and then come out with this decision. It's very easy and comfortable to stand there with security guards and metal detectors and make these decisions."




  • Needless to say I am thrilled. It's funny to see the NRA all smiles in the press, when they were originally against this suit (it took Cato and some big libertarian donors to force their hand).

    More angst for those of us who reluctantly support the NRA and its increasingly Republican positions. To help soothe my conscience I recently joined the more hardcore "Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership". Now I have to decide whether to put the Hitler sticker on my pickup truck:
    or the more understated star of david with "Gun Owner" in the center:

    Both will have to wait until I get back from Switzerland.

    By Blogger dcrollins, at 5:59 AM  

  • Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens: The [Supreme] Court would have us believe that over 200 years ago, the Framers made a choice to limit the tools available to elected officials wishing to regulate civilian uses of weapons,...”

    He apparently slept through that discussion in law school but the exact purpose of the Bill of Rights is to limit what the government can do to you. Senile old dolt.

    By Blogger An Engineer, at 8:51 AM  

  • I'm very happy with how this court is turning out. Kennedy as the swing vote turns out to be a really good thing for civil libertarians.

    By Blogger Jeremy T, at 2:19 PM  

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