The Supreme Court’s Death Drive

Garrett Epps
The Supreme Court’s Death Drive

The post–Anthony Kennedy Supreme Court majority has introduced itself to the nation by strapping itself to the decaying corpse of the American death penalty. Capital punishment is a relic of a harsher time, now stumbling toward extinction, unpopular with both right and left. In February, the Court rejected a plea from an Alabama inmate to have his spiritual adviser in the death chamber with him as he died.