Thursday, March 24, 2005

Santorum This Week Goes 1 for 2

Right:


A new poll showing that Catholics are backing off support for the death penalty was no surprise to U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, an outspoken conservative Catholic, who says he has been re-examining his own view.

He has not become an abolitionist, and he believes church teaching against the death penalty carries less weight than its longer-standing opposition to abortion. But he questions what he once unquestioningly supported.

"I felt very troubled about cases where someone may have been convicted wrongly. DNA evidence definitely should be used when possible," he said.


That's right Rick, one innocent put to death by government is one too many.

Wrong:

"You have judicial tyranny here," Santorum told WABC Radio in New York. "Congress passed a law that said that you had to look at this case. He simply thumbed his nose at Congress."

Sorry, Rick. The 20th justice reviewing the case agreeing with the other 19 justices who reviewed the case does not equal tyranny just because it's not the outcome you wanted. Some (and by some I mean me) would argue that interfering in a state matter by a federal legislature which has no domain under it's written constitution to do so is much closer to tyranny.

2 Comments:

Blogger TrekMedic251 said...

It frightens me that, in what I feel is nothing more than a positioning point for the 2006 elections, Congress violated the 10th Amendment by intervening on the Schiavo case.

If Congress played their cards right, they could have passed some resolution denouncing her treatment and let the MSM run with it.

Oh, well,....

8:18 PM  
Blogger the Pirate said...

Part of the reason the current Church has issue with the Death Penalty is because of the circumstances the current Pope grew up in. Specifically a communist dominated coubtry where there was no due process aapplied and killing people for no other means than to get to the perfect communist state and supress dissent. Growing up with that, its not hard to see why the Pope is jaded against the death penalty, even though there are theologians who will argue the its not explicitly banned, even more so if you look at rabbinic/old testament law regarding it.

To be fair Congress passed a law allowing the Federal Courts to legally look at the facts of the case in this case only. When appealed to the Fed previously, the Fed turned it down because legally it wasn't there case.
As far as the 20 reviews, it wasn't in regards to the facts of the cases just the procedure of the case. Then as Wizbang pointed out in a post, it came down to one important fact, in the first hearing on this issue Michael had a better lawyer who was far more prepared and had more resources and experienced in these cases than the lawyer Terri's parents got.

2:52 PM  

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