In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled today that executing 16 and 17-year olds is unconstitutional. Executions for those 15 and younger had been previously outlawed. Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority, said…
“Our society views juveniles … as categorically less culpable than the average criminal,” Kennedy wrote.
With all due respect to Justice Kennedy, this is a load of crap. In which society are 16 and 17-year-olds viewed as less culpable? So what you’re telling me is that if Dylan Klebold had lived (Eric Harris was 18 at the time) after Columbine that he would not deserve the death penalty because somehow in your mind he’s “less culpable”?
This sends out one of the worst messages possible. “Hey, kids go out and kill all you want. You’re less culpable than the average criminal”
Personal responsibility dies another death.
UPDATE: Ogre has a take on this as well.