Matthew 23 (Mit's Patriotic Standard Version)
23 Woe unto you, bureaucrats, judges, accountants and lawyers, hypocrites! for you pay tax on spices, water, food, shelter, and have left undone the weightier matters of the law, justice, and mercy, and faith: but these you ought to have done, and not to have left the other undone.
24 you blind guides, that strain out the gnat from your drink insisting that the poor, orphans, widowed, elderly pay their "fair share" and swallow the camel by forgiving debts to dictators, corporations, and moneylenders!
25 Woe unto you, bureaucrats, judges, accountants and lawyers, hypocrites! for you cleanse the outside of the cup and of the plate, but within they are full from extortion and excess.
26 You blind keepers of the “law” of men, cleanse first the inside of the cup and of the platter, that the outside thereof may become clean also.
27 Woe unto you, bureaucrats, judges, accountants and lawyers, hypocrites! for you are like unto white painted tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but inwardly are full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
28 Even so you also outwardly appear law keeping unto the people, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and law breaking.
29 Woe unto you, bureaucrats, judges, accountants and lawyers, hypocrites! for you build the tombs of the founding fathers, and decorate the graves of the patriots who died in your wars,
30 and say, "If we had been in the days of our fathers, we should not have been Redcoats, servants of tyranny, partakers with them in the blood of the patriots."
31 Wherefore you witness to yourselves by your actions of these days, that you are sons of them that slew the patriots.
32 Fill you up then the measure of your fathers.
33 you serpents, you offspring of vipers, how shall you escape the retributive judgment of the people?
Scalia says there’s "nothing unconstitutional about executing the innocent."
Almost two decades ago, Troy Anthony Davis was convicted of murder and sentenced to die. Since then, seven of the witnesses against him have recanted their testimony, and some have even implicated Sylvester “Redd” Coles, a witness who testified that Davis was the shooter. In light of the very real evidence that Davis could be innocent of the crime that placed him on death row, the Supreme Court today invoked a rarely used procedure giving Davis an opportunity to challenge his conviction. Joined by Justice Clarence Thomas in dissent, however, Justice Antonin Scalia criticized his colleagues for thinking that mere innocence is grounds to overturn a conviction:
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.
So in Justice Scalia’s world, the law has no problem with sending an innocent man to die. One wonders why we even bother to have a Constitution.