Supreme Court: Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor are feuding with Neil Gorsuch over the death penalty.

What can we glean from this war of words, which lays bare a great deal of sniping that usually stays behind the scenes? First, it’s obvious that the liberal justices remain incensed that the conservative majority barely bothered to justify its decision in Ray. (Its one-paragraph decision provided virtually no analysis.) Second, the conservatives believe the liberals misrepresented their actions in Ray, and now—nearly two months later—seek to set the record straight. By doubling down, though, Gorsuch only divulged the deeply flawed logic that led the conservative majority to do what it did in Ray. At the time, its single-paragraph order seemed callous. But perhaps its sophistic victim-blaming was better left unsaid.

Supreme Court: Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor are feuding with Neil Gorsuch over the death penalty.

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