Friday, February 22, 2008

Nebraska Supreme Court: Death Penalty: Activism Analyzed

A frontpage Omaha World-Herald story asks, in the wake of the decision to invalidate electrocution as the method of capital punishment in Nebraska, whether the Nebraska Supreme Court is "activist." The answer is no.

We'll talk about it tomorrow on Check with Chip.

1 comment:

OmaSteak said...

The only way to keep capital punishment and avoid the "cruel and unusual" tripwire is to use the following: (1) prepare for and take the condemned to the "death chamber"; (2) go through the motions of preparing the execution; (3) at last minute, have warden walk into the room and announce "You sentence has been commuted"; and (4) as you walk the now relaxed prisoner back to his cell, shoot him in the back of the head with a large caliber pistol. This isn't a really serious suggestion but it does pointout the difficulty of getting past the "cruel and unusual" standard.