Monday, March 07, 2005

More Roper Reaction

I've been intrigued by the reaction of the nation to the Supreme Court's Roper decision, which effectively abolished the juvenile death penalty in the US. What is interesting is that I've not read very many commentaries from people who agreed with the majority's reasoning (that there is a national consensus on the issue). Most fans of the outcome seem ready and able to concede the logical and legal problems with the opinion. Witness Edward Lazarus's column from Findlaw last week which lauds the result but criticizes the means by which the Court got there. Is that a good thing? Should we applaud the Court for getting it right, even if it can't convince us of that?

On the other hand, some folks are just plain pissed off, as evidence by this George Will column from the Washington Post.

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