Another nail in the death penalty’s coffin?

The current conservative-leaning Supreme Court has made another surprisingly liberal announcement: they will reconsider the constitutionality of the death penalty for juveniles. The hearing will be held of ’til next term since the Court’s calendar for this term is full.

This is very good news for those of us who are against the death penalty. This court already shocked everyone by ruling executing mentally retarded inmates unconstitutional. It also wasn’t that long ago that the Court ruled that only juries could sentence someone to death (as opposed to judges or panels of judges some states – including Colorado – were using). It almost appears that this Court is trying to banish (or at least severely limit) the death penalty.

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