Friday, June 11, 2004

The Louisiana legislature has officially rejected a Bill before it that would have abolished the death penalty for 16- and -17-year-olds. Apparently, critics of the bill feel that certain crimes are deserving of punishment by the "harshest means possible." Personally, I think 18 is even too young to understand what it means to lose your life (or for the person you've killed to lose their life). The Supreme Court will comment on this issue shortly. It will be interesting to see what they have to say. I guess I'm biased, but I just have trouble seeing how a 16 year old could have the cognizence to understand their punishment even if they are capable of having culpability for their crime.

Bill to ban teen death penalty is rejected

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