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Supreme Court Upholds Sanctity of Life of Juveniles

Just back from a business trip, and wanted to post a particularly apt framing of this issue. This comes from Deborah White at the About.com Liberal/Progressive politics site:

"Supreme Court Upholds Sanctity of Life
Good news for all true pro-lifers....the US Supreme Court upheld the sanctity of life for juveniles. From AP this morning....."The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the Constitution forbids the execution of killers who were under 18 when they committed their crimes, ending a practice used in 19 states.
The 5-4 decision throws out the death sentences of about 70 juvenile murderers and bars states from seeking to execute minors for future crimes. The executions, the court said, were unconstitutionally cruel.

It was the second major defeat at the high court in three years for supporters of the death penalty. Justices in 2002 banned the execution of the mentally retarded, also citing the Constitution's Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishments.

The court had already outlawed executions for those who were 15 and younger when they committed their crimes. Tuesday's ruling prevents states from making 16- and 17-year-olds."

The US was the last Western country to allow executions of children. The only other countries to still allow such barbaric practices are Iran, China, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, all egregious violators of human rights."

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