Build It and It Will Fall Down
I wrote at some length the other day about Justice Stevens and how it took him 32 years to figure out that the rationality and coherence of the death penalty jurisprudence he signed off on in 1976 was a self-evident chimera to anyone who really thought about it. And how even now, having concluded that the death penalty is unconstitutional, he can't quite admit that he got it wrong back then.
David Von Drehle, author of the brilliant Among the Lowest of the Dead: The Culture of Capital Punishment, makes the same point far more elegantly at Time.com. It begins this way.