Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Alabama State Justice: Ignore the U.S. Supreme Court

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker blasted his colleagues in an op-ed Sunday for following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Roper v. Simmons. The piece appeared in the Birmingham News. It called the Simmons decision, which prohibits the execution of the mentally retarded, "blatant judicial tyranny." Further, "State supreme courts may decline to follow bad U.S. Supreme Court precedents . . . ." The rant ends with a call to arms: "it does no good to possess conservative credentials if you surrender them before joining the battle."

The op-ed comes after the Alabama Supreme Court reversed a Court of Appeals decision affirming the death sentence of a man who was seventeen when he committed murder.

Discussion of the "terribly disturbing" piece at PrawfsBlawg, ACS Blog, Appellate Law & Practice, and Sentencing Law and Policy.

Hat tip: How Appealing.

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