Linda Greenhouse of the New York Times has an interesting column on a very recent ruling by the United States Supreme Court: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/03/selective-empathy/?emc=eta1. The judges quashed a death sentence of a war veteran on the grounds of ineffective representation. Welcoming the decision, Greenhouse says only that she is concerned that such mercy seems to be selective.
The eternal optimist, I'm always looking for signs that the commitment to capital punishment in the United States is fracturing. Maybe this is one of them.
Thanks to Bill Hartzog.