Live from La Farine: Steve Benen: Scalia's perfect capital-punishment case falls apart: "Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was dismissive of then-Justice Harry Blackmun’s concerns...

...about the death penalty.... Scalia had a case study in mind that demonstrated exactly why the system of capital punishment has value... Henry Lee McCollum... the perfect example--a murderer whose actions were so heinous that his crimes stood as a testament to the merit of capital punishment itself. Yesterday, McCollum was pardoned. Scalia’s perfect example of a man who deserved to be killed by the state was innocent.... The confessions appeared to have been coerced 30 years ago and new DNA evidence implicated another man whose possible involvement had been overlooked at the time. As recently as 2010, the North Carolina Republican Party used a McCollum photo on campaign fliers to attack a Democratic candidate as “soft on crime.” McCollum hadn’t done anything wrong...

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