I have tried to say for years that the European Union is not our friend. Here it is in black and white:
EU guidelines call for its “universal abolition” and declare that doing so would “[contribute] to the enhancement of human dignity and the progressive development of human rights.” EU diplomats and leaders frequently petition U.S. governors and state parole boards to halt forthcoming executions. Sometimes, the supranational organization even works in more subtle ways: EU agencies contributed over $4.8 million in donations to U.S. anti-death-penalty organizations between 2009 and 2013.
The EU’s influence extends to the U.S. Supreme Court, where justices have drawn upon the organization’s amicus curiae briefs from time to time in death penalty cases. Justice John Paul Stevens’ majority opinion in 2002’s Atkins v. Virginia cited the EU’s brief on worldwide opposition to executing the mentally disabled as a factor in the Court’s decision to forbid the practice in the United States. During oral arguments for Roper v. Simmons in 2005, Justice Anthony Kennedy pondered whether European views should be considered when assessing the “unusual” aspect of the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of “cruel or unusual punishment.” The EU had already told the Court in an amicus brief that imposing the death penalty on persons who were minors at the time of the crime “violates widely accepted human rights norms and the minimum standards of human rights set forth by the United Nations.”
The EU amicus brief should be struck in future cases! Here is another example: Europe is now trying to manipulate nations and companies to force us to give up capital punishment!
Sarah Ludford, a British member of the European Parliament and vice chair of its delegation to the U.S., helped lead the fight for a Europe-wide export ban. “I am proud to have helped lead the campaign to stop EU-produced medicines being hijacked for such appalling uses, in line with the UK and EU commitment to abolish the death penalty around the world,” she told me in a statement. “I am determined to continue ensuring that Europe is not complicit in the deaths of American citizens.”
But the EU IS complicit in the deaths of INNOCENT Americans – victims of heinous murders whose perpetrators were denied the death penalty because they choose to butt into our criminal procedure. Or refuse to extradite the suspects to our justice. I am unwilling to give a veto on our criminal procedure to a continent who has consistently held from justice Roman Polanski who had sex with a minor girl.
So something must be done. The Federal Government should immediately produce the chemical or chemicals necessary to enable the states to conduct reasonably humane (much more humane than the murders they committed in most cases) executions. That would be a useful executive order from our President that would uphold the laws of the land.
And we need to find a way to punish the EU for this interference in our internal affairs. Maybe some sort of measured sanctions. Or decide we will use the Alvarez-Machain remedy – snatch the accused and try him or her in our courts. When they complain say, it’s you that have violated treaties to send people back to us for our justice. No more deals to avoid death.
Now I am not a bloodthirsty fan of capital punishment. I would easily vote to abolish it – for budgetary reasons! The cost of trying to execute people is expensive. But the use of the death penalty is Biblical and just for willful murder. Genesis 3 and Romans 13 both authorize it.
The EU can do what they want. But our law is OUR decision. Not the European Union’s. The EU is not our friend.