A panel in Massachusetts has propsed bringing back the death penalty with some changes. Juries would need to find “no doubt” instead of beyond a resonable doubt. There’d be a second jury for the sentencing phase, etc. Whether or not all of these are necessary to administer the death penalty is another argument. But I think this is major progress. As we’ve discussed here quite a bit, most of the contemporary arguments against the death penalty overlook the fact that the overwhelming majority of people sentenced to death are not only guilty, but so obviously and completely guilty that there’s no chance the wrong guy’s getting the chair. Death penalty opponents (including our own Rod Dreher, if I recall correctly) have argued that a few abuses and errors dictate getting rid of the death penalty entirely, when those shortcomings actually require fixing the shortcomings. That Joe X was wrongly convicted does not dictate that Joe Y not be put to death for something there’s no doubt that he did.
The policy was first instated by President Reagan to ensure that taxpayers would not be required to indirectly fund abortions in other countries.
Beware: Those arguing the Dems are making a miscalculation have got it all wrong.
Pro-life lawmakers pledge to resist spending bills that don’t include the Hyde amendment.
Never mind how he voted.
Democratic impeachment managers have a duty to explain how Officer Sicknick died.
A radical new rule would politicize the classroom and very likely trample the free-speech and religious-liberty rights of teachers.
V-C Day is coming. Get ready to light this candle.
A former aide to New York governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday published an essay detailing alleged sexual harassment she endured while working for the governor.
U.S. district judge Drew Tipton issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday.
According to data submitted to the agency by Johnson & Johnson on February 4, the vaccine was 66 percent effective overall.
On the menu today: Inflation jitters, the Reddit/Tesla connection, taxes and their consequences, Mars rewards, and The Dictatorship of Woke Capital.
The delay comes as Tanden’s confirmation has been imperiled by Joe Manchin, who said he would use his critical vote to oppose the confirmation.