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The latest from Mr. Constitution:
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Thursday vowed to issue an executive order to mandate the death penalty for anyone who kills a police officer.
“One of the first things I’d do in terms of executive order, if I win, will be to sign strong, strong statement that would go out to the country, out to the world, anybody killing policeman, police woman, police officer, anybody killing police officer, the death penalty is going to happen,” he said.
The transcript has the unfortunate effect of casting the remarks in Hulk Smash! mode, but you get the point. Defenders of Mr. Trump may point out that we’ll have an overdue conversation about the death penalty for cop-killers, but it would seem to be more instructive to focus on the use of Executive Orders to set the penalty in criminal trials. Unless you’re cool with with the whole “rule by decree” thing, because the other side did it.Published in