Saturday, June 19, 2010
"The Supreme Court on Monday ended the practice of sentencing juveniles to life imprisonment with no chance of parole for crimes short of homicide, the latest in a series of milestone decisions in which Justice Anthony Kennedy and four liberals have joined to set constitutional curbs on punishment. ... 'Life in prison without the possibility of parole gives no chance for fulfillment outside the prison walls, no chance for reconciliation with society, no hope,' Justice Kennedy wrote. ... Justice Clarence Thomas dissented, joined in full or in part by Justices Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito. Justice Thomas said the majority reached 'far beyond any cogizable constitutional principle ... to ensure that its own sense of morality and retributive justice pre-empts that of the people and their representatives'," Jess Bravin at the WSJ, 18 May 2010, link:
I agree with Thomas. "Life in prison" no matter the period, "gives no chance for fulfillment outside the prison walls" during the period. So? This sounds tautological to me. You too can be a Supreme.