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December 15, 2013

In praise of sentencing and drug war coverage at The Atlantic and Reason.com

Thanks especially to columnists like Andrew Cohen and Jacob Sullum, sentencing fans need to make sure to make regular visits to The Atlantic and Reason.com.  Below I provide just a sampling of what has appeared in these spaces over the last week.

From The Atlantic:

From Reason.com:

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The Atlantic Monthly is now available daily on the internet and I enjoy reading it. One can set up the Google News page with a column of Atlantic stories there each day. The Reason.com is a new one to me and I just read all of the articles above. For some reason I had not run across it before.

Posted by: Liberty1st | Dec 15, 2013 2:43:15 PM

Two things hit you between the eyes in the Atlantic article about the fairness of the DP.

The first is that the article consists almost entirely of two abolitionists egging each other on. So -- guess what! -- they conclude that the DP just can't be made right.

What a surprise. Is this supposed to count as "journalism?"

Second, for all the back-and-forth, neither of them gives even a scintilla of detail about a single case in which the DP was (McVeigh, Coleman) or might be (Tsarnaev) imposed.

There is, of course, a reason abolitionists stay away from the details of capital murder, and it's not just intellectual dishonesty (although that too). It's that to go into detail about these murders is to make, rather than ignore, the case for execution.

Q: Is it too much to expect the Atlantic to provide even a hint about what the other side (the majority side, that is) argues?

A: Yup.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Dec 15, 2013 5:38:09 PM

| //Why a Fair Death Penalty May Never Be Fair|| |

“abolitionists stay away from the details of capital murder .. about a single case”

To the self-benighted, the suffering and evil of murder is theoretical and elusive;
when the slayer is coddled, justice likewise becomes ethereal and elusive.

Posted by: Adamakis | Dec 16, 2013 9:38:53 AM

• | Why Don't Supreme Court Justices Ever Change Their Minds in Favor of the Death Penalty? |

"The closer these esteemed jurists have gotten to "the machinery of death," ... the more likely they were to recoil"

Or the closer they had gotten to the liberal elite?

• The more D.C, Philly, NYC, Chicago, San Fran & L.A. cocktail parties of which they partook?
• The more conventional falsehoods they imbibed concerning "racism" and "relevant mitigating evidence"?
• The more removed they became from genuine facts and actual victims of violence, and the greater the volume of theoretical, "ivory tower", rarified air they breathed?
--- +++
Hmm. My mother, a fairly consistent, lifelong Liberal, an Attorney, a leader in her Synagogue (Reform),
came to favour the limited use of the death penalty during studies toward her second career, that of becoming a lawyer & Admin. Judge.

All it would seem to take is an unmolested, engaged, and open mind.

Posted by: Adamakis | Dec 17, 2013 9:21:41 AM

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