Unrepentant mass killer Anders Breivik's isolated confinement in a three-room prison suite furnished with a treadmill, a refrigerator, a DVD player, a Sony PlayStation, a desk, a television, and a radio constitutes "inhuman or degrading treatment" under the European Convention on Human Rights, an Oslo court has ruled. The court instructed Norwegian authorities in nonspecific terms to relax the restrictions imposed on Breivik and ordered the government to pay his legal fees, which total about $50,000.Some people argue that we should emulate Europe in our treatment of criminals. In my view, Europe is a contrarian indicator. If Europe does X, that makes X somewhat more likely to be a bad idea.
Thanks for the tip to our frequent commenter "notablogger," who notes, "I wish this were a story in the Onion. Alas, it is not."