Best Court Ruling (2010)

Judge Kevin Fine Kills the Death Penalty

We knew to expect some fireworks when Kevin Fine rode the 2008 Democratic wave into a district-judge seat. After all, being a heavily tattoed former cocaine addict is not the typical way to get to the bench, unless it's as a defendant. The fireworks came this year when Fine declared the state's death-penalty law unconstitutional. "We execute innocent people," he said, simply. His ruling won't have any lasting effect unless pigs begin to fly, but it was still a provocative, challenging move.


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