Judicial Restraint. Judge Charles Pickering (USCA-5, Ret.) has a long letter to the editor in the Wall Street Journal (subscription) on judicial restraint in answer to Justice O'Connor's earlier op-ed on judicial independence.
Maryland Senate Race. The Washington Post has this article on the Maryland Senate race, which involves crime issues to a greater extent than most federal races this year. Issues include the Maryland death penalty (with both candidates apparently oblivious to the real problem), the 100/1 crack/powder ratio, and the Patriot Act. Mr. Cardin committed a rather astonishing gaffe on the latter, claiming it predated his tenure in the House.
Saddam Hussein was convicted and sentenced today, the AP reports. As expected, he received the only available sentence that would not be a travesty of justice. The predictable hand-wringing and wailing will now begin.
More Death Penalty. Doug Berman has collected links to today's death penalty stories here.
Activist Judges. The Boston Globe has an editorial that begins, "CONSERVATIVES have a new cause to rally the faithful at the polls in this week's national election: those scary activist judges." New? Exactly which globe have they been living on? The Globe criticizes a couple of initiatives that deserve to be criticized. The South Dakota "sue the judges" measure is particularly ill-advised. However, activist judges are a genuine problem and hardly a new one.
Home=Castle? Joel Jacobsen at Judging Crimes has this interesting challenge to Justice Stevens' history in Georgia v.Randolph. You have to get past the swipe at Scalia to get to the good part.