Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Innocence Is No Defense

This Court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who has had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is “actually” innocent. ~ Antonin Scalia
I wish I could work up the outrage of Attaturk over the Supreme Court's decision that a man wrongfully convicted of murder because prosecutors deliberately hid the evidence he was innocent had no right to sue for damages.

Okay, I'm outraged, just not surprised. The conservative majority on the Supreme Court has long held that proof of innocence is an unwelcome disruption to the smooth working of the judicial system. The Supreme Court has already ruled that a prisoner has no right to release, or even stay execution, just because he is proven innocent.

Sue the corrupt prosecutor who stole 18 years of his life? Hell, John Thompson is lucky the Supreme Court didn't send him back to prison for daring to question the infallibility of the judicial priesthood.
If anyone, which God forbid, should dare willfully to deny or to call into doubt that which We have defined, let him know that he has fallen away completely from the divine and Catholic Faith. ~ Chief Justice John Roberts (or some Pope, they think alike)

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