Stevens: Court Should Consider Other ViewsThis invites the question: If Justice Stevens feels that he's not bound by the Constitution, can he reasonably expect the citizenry to adhere to it?
By JEANINE IBRAHIM, Associated Press Writer
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Allowing U.S. courts to consider the views of other judges - including international jurists - while making a decision is a responsible practice, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said during a speech Monday.
His comments related to a March decision by the Supreme Court that ruled it unconstitutional to execute juvenile killers, ending a practice in 19 states that has been roundly condemned by many of America's closest allies.
The 5-4 decision threw out the death sentences of 72 murderers who were under 18 when they committed their crimes and barred states from seeking to execute minors for future crimes. (link)
Are we a nation of laws or are we at the mercy of a senile old man's Google searches?