Hypocrisy alert: the death penalty

1. is calling for the execution of drug dealers.

2. Russian organized crime engages in drug trafficking.

3. Has Trump considered whether someone who launders money for Russian mobsters through NY real estate might be considered a kind of drug dealer/trafficker?

(Just to be clear, I am 100% opposed to the death penalty. I’m just noting the potentially glaring hypocrisy, similar to his hypocrisy about due process and the Central Park 5 he wanted to execute.)

Author: Jed Shugerman

Legal historian at Fordham Law School, teaching Torts, Administrative Law, and Constitutional History. JD/PhD in History, Yale. Red Sox and Celtics fan, youth soccer coach. Author of "The People's Courts: Pursuing Judicial Independence in America" (2012) on the rise of judicial elections in America. I filed an amicus brief in the Emoluments litigation against Trump along with a great team of historians. I'm working on "The Rise of the Prosecutor Politicians," a history of prosecutors and political ambition (a cause of mass incarceration), and "The Imaginary Unitary Executive," on the myths and history of presidential power in America.

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