Thursday, October 09, 2003

It doesn't get any worse than this

I've blogged chiefly about international outrages of our present administration, but this news item about the barbarity of our criminal law must be revealed. Even though the U.S. Supreme Court has determined that it constitutes "cruel and unusual punishment" under the Eighth Amendment to execute a person who's too crazy to comprehend the nature of his punishment, a lower court in Arkansas has determined that it's legal to inject such a person with drugs in order to make him sane enough to satisfy the sanity test for execution--and then execute him! (The Supreme Court declined to hear the man's appeal.)

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