A BASIC DEATH PENALTY PARADOX THAT IS TEARING THE SUPREME COURT APART
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002
A Basic Death Penalty Paradox that is Tearing the Supreme
By EDWARD LAZARUS*
Currently, in the Washington, D.C. area, prosecutors from Maryland,
Virginia, and the federal government are competing for the privilege of
being the first to seek the death penalty against the beltway snipers.
As unseemly as these acts of political one-upsmanship may be, who can argue
that the punishment does not fit the crime?