Will “international” norms override civil liberties and protections against violent crime?

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December 11, 2011
by Hans Bader  
Posted in Commentary

"Opposition to life sentences is based heavily on snob appeal, sanctimony, and contempt for the unwashed masses. Eighth Amendment challenges to life sentences are based on supposedly 'evolving' notions of decency that are not in fact shared by most contemporary Americans, who continue to support both life sentences and the death penalty in public opinion polls; and on 'international' norms against life imprisonment that conflict with their own country’s practices and values." (12/09/11)


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