The irascible, grouchy, unpredictable, "live free or die" citizens of New Hampshire go to the polls today and vote in the nation's first political primary (as opposed to the Iowa caucuses) in this presidential season.
We can't help but be reminded of Emerson's thoughts about the citizens of the granite state:
"The God who made New Hampshire taunted the lofty land with little men."
THE MACHINE OF DEATH
The criminal justice committee of the Florida Senate (motto "Yes, Florida has a senate") voted to require- steady yourself here- a unanimous jury vote in death penalty cases.
After weeks of posturing about not letting the Supreme Court push us around, some lawmakers in Tallahassee have decided to actually read some case law and have begun to reach the conclusion that maybe, just maybe, unanimity is needed in death penalty cases.
Florida prosecutors have pushed back by suggesting that if the law is going to go completely crazy by requiring unanimity, then the least the legislature can do is expand the types of cases where the death penalty can be imposed.
Coming soon: how to death qualify a jury in a first DUI.
See You In Court.
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