Tuesday, May 24, 2011

"Staggering" and "Absurd" Decision from SCOTUS on Prison Release

Jutice Antonin Scalia has it right again, calling a Supreme Court decision requiring the release of more than 30,000 prisoners in California "staggering" and "absurd."

Although the majority opinion, authored by Justice Kennedy, cites constitutional shortcomings in the overcrowding of California prisons, Scalia puts the situation in proper perspective, writing simply "terrible things are sure to happen as a consequence of this outrageous order" which he characterized as "the most radical injunction in our Nation's history."

He couldn't be more right. This perversion of the rights secured by 8th Amendment is certain to lead directly to the rape, robbery and murder of many innocent people. And all so that these convicted felons don't have to live in a gymnasium or wait for their free health care.

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