I know, retired. But COME ON New York Times, this MUST be the lamest excuse for an article about the Supreme Court EVER.
Does it mention the grounds for these 11 rejected death row appeals? Well, yes, but just one. (Ooooh — on the 4th or 5th reading I realize that these were ALL cruel and unusual 8th amendment claims based on the lethal injection method being too painful).
Does it go into such detail that the average reader stops caring about the individual defendants? Hmmm . . . let’s see:
The Supreme Court on Monday turned away appeals from 11 death row prisoners in seven states, including one who killed his adoptive parents and continued to live in their home as their bodies decomposed, then cleaned up the scene so he could have a party for friends.
Yes. That makes me not care much about the guy.
Does it make me think about state killing (a la Sarat) or the implications for the states financially or morally? Ummm . . . no.
So that would be a zero for content, a minus one for deatials with no context and a minus one for getting us to think about the bigger issues. David, call the NYT right now — they must have an opening because if they keep this yahoo I’ll stop even checking their website.