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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Neil Gorsuch and the State’s Power to Kill
Leave it to the New York Times Editorial Board to express outrage over a capital sentence finally
imposed for a brutal murder committed 24 years ago. The Board took advantage of
this particular ruling to both chastise the newest Supreme Court addition, Neil
Gorsuch, and again make the increasingly boorish claim that “by all rights” Barack’s
choice of Merrick Garland should reeeely have been the guy making the decision
in the case of Ledell Lee.
Lee “committed violent crimes against five women, all in the Sunnyside area of Jacksonville. Some
involved rape and some ended with murder.” He was executed for the 1993 murder
of 26 year old Debra Reese, who he robbed, strangled and clubbed 36 times with
a tire iron. A nice guy, was Ledell Lee.Ed.
It’s not entirely fair to judge a
Supreme Court justice based on his first vote. Urgent matters arise
unexpectedly and the court must sometimes act quickly.
Still, it’s worth paying special
attention to Justice Neil Gorsuch’s vote late Thursday night to deny a stay of
execution for Ledell Lee, an Arkansas man who was sentenced to death in 1995
for murdering a woman named Debra Reese with a tire thumper.
After Justice Gorsuch, along with the
four other conservative justices, denied his final appeal without explanation,
Mr. Lee, who maintained his innocence until the end, was
executed by lethal injection.
He was pronounced dead at 11:56 p.m.
Central Daylight Time, minutes before his death warrant expired. Arkansas had
not executed anyone since 2005.
In short, the first significant
decision by Justice Gorsuch, who was sworn
in to office less than two weeks ago, was the most consequential any
justice can make — to approve a man’s killing by the state.
That man, like so many others
condemned to die around the country, was a walking catalog of reasons the
American death penalty is a travesty. Evidence that Mr. Lee was
intellectually disabled and suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome was never
introduced into court, mainly because he had egregiously
bad representation. One of his lawyers was so drunk in court that a federal
judge reviewing the case later said he could tell simply by reading the
In addition to raising these issues in
his appeals to the justices, Mr. Lee challenged Arkansas’s lethal-injection
drug protocol, which incorporates a sedative, midazolam, that has been implicated
in multiple botched executions. For both moral and business reasons, drug
makers have banned
the use of their products for state-sanctioned killing, making it harder
for states to get their hands on them. In fact, Arkansas initially scheduled
Mr. Lee’s execution as part of an
unprecedented killing spree — eight inmates over the course of 11 days —
because the state’s old batch of midazolam was about to expire. (As of Friday
afternoon, four of those executions had been placed on hold by the courts, for
This rush to kill (22 YEARS) based
solely on a “use-by” date is “close to random,” Justice Stephen Breyer wrote on
Thursday in dissenting from the court’s refusal to stay Mr. Lee’s
execution. The three more liberal justices agreed that the stay should have
been granted, as they regularly do in such cases, just as the conservative
justices regularly vote the other way.
Gorsuch and Wife
That 4-to-4 split effectively gave the
deciding vote over Mr. Lee’s life to Justice Gorsuch, sitting in a seat that by
all rights should be occupied not by him but by President Barack Obama’s
doomed nominee, Merrick Garland.
During his confirmation hearings,
Justice Gorsuch talked
a lot about his respect for the rule of law, and the importance of sticking
to the plain text of the Constitution and of statutes. But he didn’t have to
rewrite the Eighth Amendment to see, as Justice Breyer did, that Mr. Lee’s case
exemplified “how the arbitrary nature of the death penalty system, as presently
administered, runs contrary to the very purpose of a ‘rule of law.’ ”
Neil Gorsuch held the power of life
and death in his hands Thursday night. His choice led to Ledell Lee’s
execution, and gave the nation an early, and troubling, look into the mind-set
of the high court’s newest member.