Friday, April 21, 2017

It Begins

Bloomberg reports Justice Neil Gorsuch has cast his first tie-breaking vote on the Supreme Court. He voted as part of a 5 justice majority to allow the execution of an Arkansas death row inmate to proceed.

If the Trump presidency accomplishes nothing else, installing Gorsuch on the Supreme Court will be a monumental achievement. I confidently expect much more, but would settle for Gorsuch and be very nearly content.

NB, I support capital punishment. Not for its deterrent value, which is probably minimal. I support it because death is the punishment that fits the crime of intentional murder. Sort of the flip side of the Golden Rule, in this case mistreat people as they have mistreated others.