Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Says Executing An Innocent Man Is Not Unconstitutional

Justice Antonin Scalia. Image from http://legalgeekery.com/2009/10/02/scalia-lawyers-do-nothing-productive-for-society/

Troy Davis has been granted a chance to challenge his conviction. Close to two decades have passed since Davis was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. But now he has a shot to overturn his conviction thanks to the nation’s highest court. The Supreme Court is giving Davis an opportunity to challenge his conviction on the grounds that seven of the witnesses against him have since recanted their testimony against him. But Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas disagree with the majority decision of their colleagues. Justice Scalia doesn’t seem to have a problem with executing innocent people because he believes that it is NOT unconstitutional.

“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.”


I think it’s time for Scalia and Thomas to resign their positions on the bench because it is quite clear that they no longer have any business being there. Any person with even an ounce of knowledge of the law knows that a person must be proven guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt. There are many problems with the Davis conviction, especially since seven of the witnesses have come forward to admit that they wrongly accused Davis of the crime. And last time I checked, murder is a crime and killing an innocent man would be exactly that. What Scalia is basically saying is that it’s okay to execute innocent people.

Let’s say Scalia has his way. Wouldn’t that give conservative states the opportunity to put innocent people in prison and give them the go ahead to kill them at will? This is a serious situation. Putting an innocent man to death is no joke. But Scalia is treating it as if it’s really not a big deal. When a Supreme Court Justice has no problem with killing innocent men, it’s time for that person to step down. Step down, Justice Scalia. Let a judge that gives a damn about justice and law take over your spot on the bench. It’s the right thing to do.