Is the United States Supreme Court cavalier about the death penalty? Yes, says The Kansas City Star:
The hooded figure with the sickle was in the U.S. Supreme Court gallery again Wednesday, hovering as justices bickered and joked about him.
After providing an update about cases where people’s lives are on the line, the article concluded this way:
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy asked, “Doesn’t the state have a minimal obligation on its own” to investigate whether its executions cause gratuitous pain?
Later he reprimanded his colleagues for laughing as several justices joked about the mischief that defense lawyers could cause if forced to propose ways to execute their clients.
“This is a death case,” snapped Kennedy, who is expected to be a key vote in the case.
Somehow, this dismissive and jaunty attitude doesn’t surprise me in the least.