a bit off topic, but i was listening to a radio show on the death penalty and supreme court the other day. there is this case of a guy who was a minor when he committed the crime. his case got shot down 13 years ago, but he’s trying to bring it back.
one of his arguments now is that his case has been going on so long, and he’s been sitting on death row so long, that it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. the court threw that one out saying that it was his own fault, he could have avoided the cruel and unusual punishment by accepting his death penalty when it was handed down! talk about no sympathy!
incidentally, i didn’t know that the US is one of only four contries in the entire world that it is legal to execute minors. and of the executions of minors in the world over the last (i forget the exact time period), over half were in the US.
of course that doesn’t count dictatorships like iraq where people just suddenly go “missing”, or get arrested and are never heard from again.