How do you call a country that practices capital punishment?
I call it barbaric.
Now, imagine a country where it is legal (or at least not unconstitutional) to execute innocent people.
New York Times (September 2, 2014): Thirty years after their convictions in the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl in rural North Carolina, based on confessions that they quickly repudiated and said were coerced, two mentally disabled half brothers were declared innocent and ordered released Tuesday by a judge here.
Henry Lee McCollum, 50, who has spent three decades on death row. His half brother, Leon Brown, 46, has spent thirty years in jail after being sentenced to life in proson.
In 1994, when the United States Supreme Court turned down a request to review the case, Justice Antonin Scalia described Mr. McCollum’s crime as so heinous that it would be hard to argue against lethal injection.
In 2009, in another case, Justice Scalia wrote that innocence is not sufficient ground to overturn a death penalty:
“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.”
Fortunately, the verminous opinion of this pompous ass and his minion, serial sexual harasser, Justice Thomas, was the minority opinion.
Justice Scalia thinks he is a great constitutional scholar. He is increasingly revealed as a racist chauvinist pig who looks the part. Scalia’s moral depravity is also discussed here.
Despite being an atheist, I sometimes hope that the words in Isaiah (10:1-2) will one day come true.
“What sorrow awaits the unjust judges and those who issue unfair laws. They deprive the poor of justice and deny the rights of the needy among my people. They prey on widows and take advantage of orphans.”