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Hey, tyrants, you realize that SCOTUS just said it was okay for the state to kill innocent people, right?

Man using a rifleWhen people who fly the Confederate flag are asked why they willingly associate themselves with something strongly associated with racism, betrayal, and being pro-slavery, they usually answer with something about how it symbolizes the tradition and rights of states. When they received the answer that the Confederacy lasted only four years, that is, the Confederacy survived less than the television series Survivor (21 years) or the presidency of Obama (eight years), they then relied on the rights of states. prong. Until they were asked to define what rights the Confederate states were interested in.

I see a common resemblance to how Second Amendment enthusiasts justify their occasional purchase and storage of the military surplus often used for cut off their fellow citizens - they hold them to remove tyranny. Tyranny is defined here as “the oppressive power of the government.” And few things are more tyrannical than the government protecting its right to kill innocent people.

Clarence Thomas, echoing his dear friend Scalia, said:

[A] the federal court, “may not conduct a probation hearing or otherwise consider evidence beyond the state court case on the basis of inefficient assistance of the state counselor after conviction.”

Michael Cohen goes on to clarify:

In short, a convicted defendant, such as Jones, can be held liable and held in prison if his state-appointed attorney has provided an inefficient lawyer for his appeal.

How can a defendant argue with an inefficient lawyer if he cannot point out specific examples of that inefficient lawyer? And how else can I do this except by introducing new evidence that has not been presented at trial, which would probably have paid off? Thomas says, in fact, that a petitioner must rely on the record of a trial in which he was inefficiently defended - and their real innocence is of secondary importance.

Thomas justifies the court’s decision by arguing that a federal review imposes “significant costs” on state criminal justice systems, which includes the potential prevalence of the state’s sovereign power to enforce “societal rules through criminal law.”

It could be argued that sheltering a man who did not commit any real crime in the Arizona death row inmate “imposes significant costs.” It could even be argued that the execution of an innocent man entails much higher societal costs - not only for the legitimacy of the criminal justice system, but also more acutely for the man whose life has ended.

Our criminal prosecution system is no stranger to “collateral damage”, with no less than 375 people taking time before DNA evidence to prove their innocence, 21 of whom were on death row. Since 1973, 187 people have been wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death. The Court’s position if they were killed anyway? Hard shit.

Maybe these discussions about police brutality should be reframed as a matter of tyranny - how would you name 600 people killed in traffic stops in 2017? At what point do we consider police shooting to be racial tyranny? Or what about these abortion bans? Convincing births with the threat of imprisonment must be recorded as tyrannical, right?

So about that high-powered rifle in your closet. It is really about tyranny? Because most of the armed protests I see are just about … defending the right to have kids. Will you really do anything to reduce the government’s oversight? Or do you just want to look cool for prom pictures or buy semi-automatic rifles for kids? Because if your AR-15 has no real and meaningful purpose, you should follow the example of this longtime member of the NRA.

The Supreme Court has just said that the evidence of innocence is not enough [The Daily Beast]


WilliamsChris Williams became social media manager and assistant editor for Above the Law in June 2021. Prior to joining the staff, he became a minor memelord in the Law School Memes Facebook group for Edgy T14s. He endured Missouri long enough to graduate from Washington University in St. Louis. Louis School of Law. He is a former boat builder who can’t swim, a published author on critical race theory, philosophy and humor, and has a love of cycling that sometimes annoys his colleagues. You can contact him by email at [email protected] and by tweet at @WritesForRent.

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