Monday, July 10, 2006

Scalia is Wrong

A man who is as completely ignorant as this, should not be allowed to serve as a justice of the Supreme Court:

Last Monday, the Supreme Court upheld the death penalty in Kansas by a vote of 5 to 4 in the case of Kansas v. Marsh . In concurring with the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote that the decision was justified because, in recent American history, there has not been "a single case -- not one -- in which it is clear that a person was executed for a crime he did not commit. If such an event had occurred in recent years, we would not have to hunt for it; the innocent's name would be shouted from the rooftops."

Unfortunately, Scalia is wrong...In at least four...cases, it is now clear that the individuals executed almost certainly did not commit the crimes for which they were convicted.

We wrote about one of these men, Ruben Cantu, here.

Perhaps it makes it easier for Scalia to sleep at night after he sides with the majority in Marsh, effectively gutting the effectiveness of the insanity plea. But someone who serves on the highest court of the land should not be either so ignorant or so willing to deny reality to suit his conservative philosophy.

1 comment:

Nat-Wu said...

Oh, come on, don't buy into those liberal conspiracy theories! Next we know, you'll be shouting, "Free Mumia!" Innocent men never go to jail, much less get put on death row. And remember, because of this you have no reason to fear a police state that strips you of all privacy!