In Secret Blog, Wardlow Advocates for Allowing Execution of Juvenile Offenders

As reported by City Pages and The Intercept, Doug Wardlow maintained a secret blog where he wrote at length about his fringe legal and judicial beliefs. In one troubling post from March 2005, Wardlow expresses his anger at the Roper v. Simmons U.S. Supreme Court decision, which banned the use of capital punishment for crimes committed by offenders younger than 18 years old.

In the Roper v. Simmons case, the Court ruled that the execution of juvenile offenders amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. Wardlow opens his post by calling that decision “flagrant judicial activism.” Here’s what he say to say:

Today, in a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that executing individuals for murders committed while they were under the age of 18 constitutes cruel and unusual punishment under the 8th Amendment. No matter what one thinks about the death penalty, today's decision is flagrant judicial activism and it ups the ante on upcoming court appointments.

As Justice Anthony Kennedy noted in his majority decision, the United States was at that point the only nation in the world that gave legal sanction to the execution of juvenile offenders. The Attorney General of Minnesota at the time, Mike Hatch, joined with the Attorneys General of seven other states to file an amicus brief supporting the ban.

In his blog post, Wardlow goes on to call the decision “an absurd result” and suggests impeachment and amending the Constitution as a remedy, so that the execution of juvenile offenders can be reinstituted. Despite the fact that the majority decision was written by Justice Kennedy, a nominee of President Reagan, Wardlow blames the decision on “liberals.”

Once again 5 liberal justices -- and the liberals cheering this decision -- have succeeded in supplanting the will of the people with their own, supposedly more enlightned [sic] ideas. Once again they put their own policy agenda above the higher law of our land and the principles of democratic rule. If we have much more of this, drastic change, perhaps via impeachment, or systemic change, via constitutional amendment, may be necessary given the malfunctioning of a judiciary meant to judge but bent instead on exercising its will.

Capital punishment has been banned in Minnesota for over a century. Can we trust Doug Wardlow to uphold Minnesota’s long-established tradition of treating all people with dignity? If his own expressed thoughts are any indication, an Attorney General Wardlow would only use his position to push forward his cruel, fringe ideology.