Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The Pseudo-Founding Fathers & Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Clarence Thomas

Make yourself sheep and the wolves will eat you." -- Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790).

Like other of the Enlightenment, Franklin echoed Voltaire, “that generous Maxim, that ’tis much more Prudence to acquit two Persons, tho’ actually guilty, than to pass Sentence of Condemnation on one that is virtuous and innocent.—Zadig, chapter 6, p. 53 (1749, reprinted 1974).

Contrast the real Founding Fathers, like Franklin and Paine, with the unnamed pseudo-Founding Fathers whom Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Clarence Thomas claim would rather execute the innocent than risk letting the guilty go free.

By a 6-to-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that execution of the mentally retarded is cruel and unusual punishment. The three dissenting Justice who favored execution of the mentally retarded: Justice Rehnquist, Justice Thomas, and Justice Scalia.


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