November 10, 2009, - 12:18 pm
Last month, I published a column on, Sullivan v. Florida and Graham v. Florida, two cases the U.S. Supreme Court is considering, which challenge life sentences in prison for juveniles, claiming they are cruel and unusual punishment. There are 110 juvenile convicts, nationwide, who are serving life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Joe Sullivan: At 13, He Raped 72-Year-Old.
As I noted then, at least one of the parties challenging this, Joe Sullivan, is in prison for life for a very good reason: he raped a 72-year-old woman. And that was after 17 other offenses, including animal cruelty. As the judge in the case noted, he’s hopeless.
Yesterday, the Supremes heard oral arguments on the case.
In a similar previous case, Roper–which eliminated the death penalty for juveniles, Justice Anthony Kennedy voted with the liberals on the court and, in fact, wrote the decision.
But perhaps he’s seen the light. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s question to liberal lawyers in the case is priceless:
Why does a juvenile have a constitutional right to hope, but an adult does not?
The lawyer’s answer wasn’t convincing.
Oh, and of course, leave it to hypocritical double-standard Terrorist News Network Al-Jazeera to use the life sentences for these thugs to show the world how “inhumane” we are. How many years in prison do you think these “kids” would get in a Muslim nation, where Jazeera is popular, or in Qatar, where it is based and funded?
Answer: none. They’d be instantly tortured to death, in any of these places.
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