Heard this on NPR this afternoon — my jaw absolutely hit the floor. From the Progressive Electorate:
Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered a rare innocence claim hearing in the Troy Anthony Davis case.
ustice Antonin Scalia along with Justice Clarence Thomas issued dissents. Here's part of what Scalia said
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. Quite to the contrary, we have repeatedly left that question unresolved, while expressing considerable doubt that any claim based on alleged “actual innocence” is constitutionally cognizable
In Scalia's world it does not matter when a person is found to be innocent. The constitution is once again thrown out the window and stomped upon by one who is suppose to be a “wise conservative”. Scalia argues past procedure weight over the result of an innocent man being put to death.
I'm starting to empathize with those tea-baggers who want their country back. Only we may not want the same country*. I want the one where it's “better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.”
*And that's the whole problem.