A Happy Childhood Exposes You To The Death Penalty?
Thomas Sowell sees the Moussaoui trial as another example of government seeking cosmic justice at the expense of common sense. He wonders what is the relevance of Moussaoui's childhood to the issue of guilt or innocence. He writes:
Are only people with blissful childhoods to be held fully accountable for their crimes? Do jurors have any way of knowing how many other people with unhappy childhoods never murdered anybody?...The point here is that the safety of society usually overrides questions about some cosmic sense of justice for the individual. Jurors cannot act as if they were God on Judgment Day taking all individual circumstances into account. They are not equipped to do that and there is no point pretending that they are.