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FOX News Clearly Disappointed Youths Can't Be Executed

Reported by Ellen - March 1, 2005

You know a story is important to FOX News when an article about it on their website is written by someone at FOX rather than just being a reprint from AP. So the fact that there is a story by FOX Reporter Jane Roh (whom readers might remember was the one who "mistakenly" reported that Communists for Kerry were really pro-Kerry) indicates that the Supreme Court ruling against the death penalty for underage criminals is especially significant.

The article begins, "The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ended the option of the death penalty for 16- and 17- year-olds, stating that persons of that age cannot 'be classified among the worst offenders.'"

The use of the word "option" makes it seem as though the Supreme Court has taken away some kind of freedom of choice, or the right to kill, rather than pointing out that the court is reinforcing the rights and protections of minors.

In case you think I'm making too much of that, look at this sentence: "The court's decision marks the third major restriction on the death penalty in 17 years, and may be seen by advocates as moving the United States closer to a full abolition of capital punishment."

If the law won't let you kill kids, what rights will it take away next? You can almost hear FOX News honchos churning out memos warning their employees to be on guard. If so, reporter Roh must be making her bosses proud for having written, "Robert Blecker, a professor of criminal law at New York Law School, worried that death-penalty opponents would use (the) decision to further chip away at fair punishments (my emphasis) for the worst offenders. Blecker predicted that opponents would next go after life imprisonment without parole for juveniles, would lobby to raise the age of eiligibility to 20 or 21 and would argue against the death penalty for the mentally ill."

The bastards! Don't those bleeding-heart liberals know that being pro-life only applies to fetuses and the brain-dead?

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