The Virgin Mayor of Keg City wrote the majority ruling that will allow courts to lock up kids for life:
In a 6-3 vote, the conservatives on the Supreme Court gutted protections against sentencing kids to die in prison.
The court ruled on Thursday that a judge does not need to find that a person under 18 who commits murder is “permanently incorrigible” before sentencing them to life in prison without parole. In other words, the court approved life without parole sentences for juveniles even if the facts of the case indicate the crime was a result of youthful immaturity and impulsiveness that the individual is likely to outgrow.
I’m old enough to remember when Kegs told his Senate Confirmation Hearing about his youthful escapades with Tobin, Squi, and PJ and some beers. But that was then, and this is now (emphasis mine):
The decision in Jones v. Mississippi is a huge setback to the movement to end juvenile life without parole, a punishment that only exists in the U.S. and is banned in half the states in the country. The decision also contradicts Supreme Court precedent that restricted the use of the extreme punishment for kids.
So much for adhering to precedent; another day, another lie from his confirmation hearing. But I interrupted:
The court’s few remaining liberals strongly criticized the ruling in their dissent. “Today, the Court distorts Miller and Montgomery beyond recognition,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote, joined by Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan.
“Time and again, this Court has recognized that ‘children are constitutionally different from adults for purposes of sentencing,’” Sotomayor continued. “Juvenile offenders ‘cannot with reliability be classified among the worst offenders’ for several reasons. First, ‘as any parent knows,’ and as scientific and sociological studies have confirmed, juveniles are less mature and responsible than adults, which ‘often result[s] in impetuous and ill-considered actions and decisions.’”
Justice Sotomayor said “the Court simply rewrites Miller and Montgomery to say what the Court now wishes they had said, and then denies that it has done any such thing. The Court knows what it is doing.”
The Court, in this instance, is Justices Kegs, Coathangers, and Coke, and the rest not named Sotomayor, Kagen, and Breyer.
Look, we were all expecting that the Conservative Court was going to start striking down civil rights, so bullying children is a warm-up act. This is an appalling decision and an abuse of power, but it confirms what we already know: the Coup Klux Klan packed the courts and we must do whatever we can to un-pack them.