The Executioner’s Pout
Justice Scalia most certainly does not appreciate Troy Davis getting in the way of his process:
The decision set off a sharp debate between Justices John Paul Stevens and Antonin Scalia about Supreme Court procedure, the reach of a federal law meant to limit death row appeals and the proper treatment of claims of innocence.
“The substantial risk of putting an innocent man to death,” Justice Stevens wrote in a concurrence joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer, “clearly provides an adequate justification for holding an evidentiary hearing.”
He went on to say that the federal courts would be powerless to assist Mr. Davis even if he could categorically establish his innocence.
“This court has never held,” Justice Scalia wrote, “that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is ‘actually’ innocent.”
I believe that in legal nomenclature Justice Scalia is what is known as a "big fucking asshole."
I also believe that the day will come when Justice Sotomayor will write in a majority opinion: "We respectfully disagree with Justice Scalia’s dissent and suggest that he go eat a bag of dicks."