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Unlucky Numbers: 5-4, 5-4, 5-4

Damn Justice O'Connor and her silly plans of retirement!  Our fears of a 5-4 majority are becoming commonplace are ringing true.  Hence today's U.S. Supreme Court decision on a Kansas death-penalty statute.

The Kansas law requires the death penalty when jurors conclude that so-called aggravating and mitigating factors -- those arguing for and against capital punishment -- are equally balanced. The court, voting 5-4, rejected arguments that the state's law unconstitutionally creates a presumption in favor of the death penalty for convicted murderers.  In other words, you're going to fry no matter what in Kansas even when there's doubt among jurors over capital punishment.  So much for a fair justice.

Posted by SourKraut on June 26, 2006
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I stumbled across your blog while I was doing some online research. It really is appalling to me that the death penalty continues to be utilized in what we otherwise consider to be a civilized country.

Posted by: panasianbiz | Jun 29, 2006 6:41:37 PM

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