Supreme Court Justice’s perfect capital-punishment case – exonerated

A little over two decades ago, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was dismissive of then-Justice Harry Blackmun’s concerns about the death penalty. In fact, Scalia had a case study in mind that demonstrated exactly why the system of capital punishment has value.
As regular readers may recall, Scalia specifically pointed to a convicted killer named Henry Lee McCollum as an obvious example of a man who deserved to be put to death. “For example, the case of an 11-year-old girl raped by four men and then killed by stuffing her panties down her throat,” Scalia wrote in a 1994 ruling. “How enviable a quiet death by lethal injection compared with that!”
For Scalia, McCollum was the perfect example – a murderer whose actions were so heinous that his crimes stood as a testament to the merit of capital punishment itself.
Yesterday, McCollum was pardoned. Scalia’s perfect example of a man who deserved to be killed by the state was innocent.
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2 thoughts on “Supreme Court Justice’s perfect capital-punishment case – exonerated”

  1. +Justice Scalia.
    This isn’t a crap shoot judge.
    Your Honor, like these two (2) innocent men on North Carolina’s death row, Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip is also innocent yet you are going to execute him probably this Summer, 2015 for a murder he neither committed nor mastermind. There is DNA evidence in Room 102 of the Best Budget Inn where Barry Van Treese was murdered. The DNA does not belong to Richard Glossip but rather to the real mastermind behind the murder who was my client. He is now dead. The Oklahoma City police have the fingerprints and DNA gathered on Jan 7 1997 from Room 102 of the Inn. Look at fingerprints on the temperature knob on the thur-the-wall heatpump window unit in the room. These fingerprints plus the fact the mastermind was at the Inn the night of the murder explain why the time of death was thrown off almost an hour and a half. The prosecutor will only admit the DNA and fingerprints are not that of Richard Glossip. Set Richard Glossip free!

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