Category Archives: Crime & Punishment

SCOTUS: Monetary Penalties without Conviction Violate Due Process, Presumption of Innocence

[The State] may not presume a person, adjudged guilty of no crime, nonetheless guilty enough for monetary exactions.

—Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Nelson v. Colorado, 2017

While this case deal with exonerees’ rights, I hope we’ll see this cited soon in the fight against civil asset forfeiture.

 

The Biblical Mandate for Capital Punishment | A Reply to: (Not) Off With Their Heads

Joshua, I must disagree with your Christian ethical assessment of the death penalty.  You’ve argued first that the Bible does not require it and furthermore that God hates the idea, and secondly that it does not work.  The first point is demonstrably incorrect—the Bible in fact commands capital punishment, and thus the second point—it’s efficacy—is somewhat irrelevant; here, however, I also believe your argument suffers from a series of incorrect assumptions. Continue reading The Biblical Mandate for Capital Punishment | A Reply to: (Not) Off With Their Heads