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European justice supreme?
The Washington Times ^ | March 05, 2005 | Debra J. Saunders

Posted on 03/04/2005 10:42:55 PM PST by Former Military Chick

So now the U.S. Supreme Court is writing decisions based on what Our Betters in Europe think is best. That's what the Big Bench did Tuesday when it issued a 5-4 decision, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, overturning the death penalty for crimes committed by minors.

Let me stipulate. The outcome -- an end to executions of those who committed crimes as minors -- isn't what bothers me here. There is an argument to be made that, as per the Eighth Amendment, it is "cruel and unusual" to execute those convicted of crimes committed when they were minors. Minors, as Justice Kennedy put it, are "categorically less culpable than the average criminal."

But the court didn't limit its guidance to the U.S. Constitution. Justice Kennedy wrote that the court can and should consider "the overwhelming weight of international opinion against the juvenile death penalty," including opposition among "leading members of the Western European community."

Be afraid, America. Be very afraid. European Union countries don't simply oppose capital punishment; they also oppose life without parole and mete out notoriously short sentences for heinous crimes. In recent years, a German court essentially sentenced a man who killed and ate another man -- the killer was so proud he videotaped everything -- to 81/2 years in prison. He is expected to walk free after five years.

The International Criminal Tribunal on Yugoslavia found a Bosnian Serb colonel guilty of aiding and abetting the genocide that resulted in thousands of deaths. His sentence: 18 years.

Don't blame European juries. Judges made the above rulings. On the Continent, juries get little respect.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial
KEYWORDS: europeanjuries; globalism; justicekennedy; ropervsimmons; scotus; transjudicialism; unitednations
I have not read much by her if anyone knows of her leanings and past articles I would enjoy reading about it.
1 posted on 03/04/2005 10:42:55 PM PST by Former Military Chick
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To: Former Military Chick
Shouldn't this be an impeachable offense?
2 posted on 03/04/2005 10:44:49 PM PST by Supernatural (All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie! bob dylan)
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To: Supernatural

Under the Constitution it would, but apparently our government doesn't work under it anymore


3 posted on 03/04/2005 10:48:17 PM PST by GeronL (Condi will not be mistaken for a cleaning lady)
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To: Supernatural
Redo of post #2

Should the Supreme Court justices who considered "The overwhelming weight of international opinion against the juvenile death penalty" as one of the deciding factors in their decisions be impeached?

4 posted on 03/04/2005 10:51:29 PM PST by Supernatural (All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie! bob dylan)
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To: Former Military Chick

I suppose the Hitler Youth division in Normandy should have been given a pass also.


5 posted on 03/04/2005 10:54:41 PM PST by gdzla
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To: Former Military Chick

Deborah Saunders normally writes for the SF Chronicle. In many cases she comes across as a RINO, like almost any story involving firearms.

She is usually solid on economic issues and government, but is a sea of blue (SF, ya know) she doesn't have to be too conservative to be considered hate speech.

She is often on KSFO 560 in the mornings.

Here is her archives:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/search/columnists.cgi?waisdbname=/chronicle/&byline=Debra+Saunders


6 posted on 03/04/2005 10:58:08 PM PST by SFC Chromey (Was deployed 26 of the last 48 months, don't call me a part-timer!)
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To: Supernatural
"Shouldn't this be an impeachable offense?"

That was the first thing that came to my mind after reading this garbage(aka:opinion). I believe at the very least he violated the oath he swore when he became a Justice.

I'm afraid the media is too consumed with Michael Jackson/Martha Stuart/Robert Blake to pay the whole issue any lip service. Our nation was very much undermined this week by the SCOTUS, and virtually no one knows.......

7 posted on 03/04/2005 11:22:26 PM PST by KoRn (~Halliburton Told Me......)
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To: Supernatural

"Shouldn't this be an impeachable offense?"

Yes.


8 posted on 03/04/2005 11:25:05 PM PST by Wolfhound777 (It's not our job to forgive them. Only God can do that. Our job is to arrange the meeting)
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To: Supernatural

Apart from not wishing to anger a special interest group, I don't understand why Congressional impeachment of judges is limited to felonies.

Why the reluctance to fire a judge? Regular, everyday people face such a possibility every day.

Abuse of power should be the first and foremost basis of firing a tyrannical judge. Consideration of foreign law as a basis for US law is abuse pure and simple.

Second should be judicial opinions based on falsehood or nonsense. Kennedy cited evolving standards and that state law was stacked against death for minors. These arguments are factually false.

The Supreme court was supposed to be supreme among courts, not supreme over the two other branches of goverment.


9 posted on 03/05/2005 4:18:35 AM PST by Jacquerie (Democrats soil the institutions they control)
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To: Supernatural
Shouldn't this be an impeachable offense?
10 posted on 03/05/2005 4:54:09 AM PST by Avoiding_Sulla (You can't see where we're going when you don't look where we've been.)
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