Scalia says judges who reject death penalty should resign. (Nation).
A jurist who doesn't think the government has a fight to execute criminals has no fight to be on the bench in a society where the death penalty is constitutional, he said.
Repeating justifications he offered Jan. 25 at a conference in Chicago on the death penalty, he said that became the pope has not spoken "ex cathedra" in opposition to capital punishment, there's no reason that as a Catholic he should not only approve of it but consider it a duty of the state (NCR, Feb. 8).
Scalia, who votes on the court to support restrictions on abortion, also said the moral obligation of a judge is different in cases involving abortion and those about capital punishment. In abortion cases, judges who rule to permit abortion are simply not intervening in an action a woman takes herself, he said. But in capital punishment cases, it is affirmatively the action of a judge that means someone loses his life, he said.
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|Title Annotation:||Antonin Scalia|
|Publication:||National Catholic Reporter|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Feb 15, 2002|
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