Execution of the Innocent is UNACCEPTABLE. Congress - Fix This Now!
On May 23, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 6 to 3 in Shinn v. Ramirez to overrule two lower courts and disregard the innocence claims of Barry Lee Jones, a prisoner on Arizona’s death row. This decision did not rule that it found Jones’s innocence claims unpersuasive. Instead, it ruled that the federal courts are barred from even considering them. This creates an ominous scenario that virtually assures that more innocent people will be executed.
Read more background and opinions here, here, here, and, well... Just google it.
CONGRESS MUST FIX THIS.
As Justice Antonin Scalia famously suggested (parap[hrasing), 'those who protest at the Court are barking up the wrong tree. If you don't like a law, go across the street to Congress and change the law.'
At issue is whether the doors of the federal courts are open to people who are innocent, unfairly tried, or unfairly sentenced to death but were provided incompetent lawyers during their trials and then again in their state post-conviction appeals. The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to counsel. But the US Supreme Court has just said that states who repeatedly violated your right to a competent lawyer can keep you jail or execute you and there is nothing the federal courts can do about it. Even if you never got a fair trial. Even if you should never have been sentenced to death. Even if you are innocent.