Once again “activist judges” are legislating from the bench!
The first recorded state execution of a condemned juvenile in America was in 1642, when Thomas Graunger was hung at the age of 15 in Plymouth Colony,
Massachusetts for the offense of having acquainted himself with the carnal knowledge of a cow.
“In the 1600s, the law established the age of seven as the point after which a child could be held criminally responsible for his or her actions.
Before that time, colonial America's favored punishment for juvenile offenders was to have parents "beat the devil" out of their child if he or she
committed a crime. Parents could be required to publicly EXECUTE, whip, or even banish their children if society found them to be criminally
It is upon reading such histories of my country that I am compelled to get on my knees and pray God have mercy on any that would find themselves to
live in a land where the magistrates would render such a cruel sentence. For if God did not grant them mercy they would surely find none on earth and
thereby be bereft of all mercy.
Surely magistrates that would sentence a child to death did not subscribe to a religion whose central deity said,
Mark 10:14 Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God.15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall
not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. 16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed
Mt 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and
that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Mt 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my
Father which is in heaven.
Mt 18:14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.
Surely such magistrates would be worshipers of Baal instead.
God has heard the cry and this very fine day granted a 400 year old prayer for mercy and we no longer live in a country that sentences minors to
The U.S. had been in very good company in maintaining a death penalty for minors just as China, Congo, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and
Yemen. So at last we have made it to the 20th century and need only to repeal the rest of the death penalty to join the civilized world.
Of course there were 4 judges who thought sentencing minors to death was not cruel. Perhaps they maintained that a child could be possessed of an old
In any case while I agree with the court’s decision I find their logic tortured:
It is cruel to execute a 25 year old man who committed murder when he was 17, but not cruel to execute a 25 year old man who murdered when he was
Though I understand the need to draw the line of responsibility somewhere I think it more consistent to maintain that it is cruel to execute.
Especially since our justice system has demonstrated an inability to determine guilt or innocence much less absolutely.
From the link above.
“The number of actual executions of juvenile offenders increased sharply during the 1990s. Ten of the thirteen post-Furman executions of juvenile
offenders occurred during the 90’s. One juvenile offender was executed in 1990, another in 1992, four in the last six months of 1993, three in 1998,
and one in 1999. The last juvenile offender to be executed was Sean Sellers, who was age sixteen at the time of his offense.”
Malvo skates the lucky dog!