Wednesday, March 02, 2005

SCOTUS in the News

Two very important Supreme Court cases this week that can be seen in the wider context of the debate over our country's moral direction:

Yesterday, the Court voted 5-4 against the death penalty for 16 and 17 year olds. This reverses a decision made 16 years ago. It is also interesting that the majority opinion was written by Kennedy, who voted in favor of allowing the executions last time around. (

Today, the Court hears arguments for and against the display of the 10 Commandments in front of the State Capitol and state Supreme Court in Texas and in courthouses in Kentucky. In an editorial today, the Times urged the court to uphold the boundary between church and state. It will be fascinating to see how the court decides, especially in light of the emphasis on faith that we saw in the recent presidential election and that continues to pervade government. (


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