Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Will a right-wing court abolish the death penalty?
Perhaps it was easier to run conservative Catholic Supreme Court nominees than Protestants. Certainly it was a nomination process driven for many years, as Justice Thomas somewhat surprisingly pointed out on 60 Minutes Sunday night, by the issue of abortion above all (Justice Thomas openly wondered why that should be so). And so Justice Roberts is a staunch Catholic, as is Justice Alito, as is Justice Scalia. Justice Thomas is ambiguous, at least since he dropped out of the seminary. And today we learn that the Court has been warning Texas off of eminent executions, and the practice there may be in legal limbo. Hey, what can a liberal like me say? Go get 'em, conservative Catholic guys! Abolish the death penalty!