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Will the U.S. Finally End the Death Penalty?

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In the past, abolition efforts have faced a backlash—but Gavin Newsom’s moratorium may be different.
The American death penalty is extraordinarily fragile, with death sentences and executions on the decline. Public support for the death penalty has diminished. The practice is increasingly marginalized around the world. California, with its disproportionately large share of American death-row inmates, announces an end to the death penalty. The year? 1972. That’s when the California Supreme Court declared the death penalty inconsistent with the state’s constitutional prohibition of cruel or unusual punishments—only to have the death penalty restored a year later through popular initiative and legislation.
On Wednesday, again, California walked back its commitment to the death penalty. Though not full-fledged abolition, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a moratorium on capital punishment lasting as long as his tenure in office, insisting that the California death penalty has been an “abject…

Antonin Scalia Liked Trump's Candidacy — Is Anyone Surprised?

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Notorious homophobe Antonin Scalia was reportedly intrigued by the candidacy of Donald Trump and spoke favorably of him for president, reports the Wall Street Journal in a not-so-suprising revelation. 

The Supreme Court justice known for his unvarnished dissent considered Trump “refreshing,” according to Bryan Garner, the author of a new book about Scalia, Nino and Me

“Justice Scalia thought it was most refreshing to have a candidate who was pretty much unfiltered and utterly frank,” Garner told the Wall Street Journal. He apparently made the comments in the last months before his death in February 2016.

The feeling was mutual, with Trump promising on the campaign trail to appoint a justice “in the mold” of the late justice. 

Trump went onto appoint Neil Gorsuch, saying it was Scalia “whose image and genius was in my mind throughout the decision-making process."

Scalia isn’t known among LGBT people for genius. Instead, he’s known for defending a ban on an anti-discrimination law in Colorado as “a modest attempt by seemingly tolerant Coloradans to preserve traditional sexual mores against the efforts of a politically powerful minority.” 

He supported laws banning gay sex, blasting “a law-profession culture that has largely signed on to the so-called homosexual agenda.” 

He lectured fellow justices for sending marriage equality nationwide. And the list of invective goes on and on. Here it is...

➤ Read Scalia’s Greatest Fits, as compiled by The Advocate.

Source: The Advocate, Lucas Grindley, January 15, 2018


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