Troy Davis: Killing A Scapegoat Is Easier Than Finding The Actual Murderer
Prosecutors fabricating evidence to convict innocent people is nothing new in contemporary American justice; last year I protested the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court due to her stance on the matter. And I'll just repeat now what I said then:
I’d like to offer a modest proposal to cut government costs: let’s abolish the criminal court system altogether, and replace it with a big red-white-and-blue top hat of the sort Uncle Sam wears in patriotic posters. Next time a crime is committed, we’ll collect the names of all minority men in the area (and a few especially unpopular white people), dump their names in the hat and then pick a name or two out at random. Whichever name we pick will thus be dubbed “the guilty party” and locked in prison for however long the crime they never committed warrants.And so can the legislators in Georgia. When a crime is committed it's very very important that somebody be punished for it; whether the punished somebody is actually guilty doesn't matter so much.
Why not? If the American court system is fine with imprisoning innocent people, why force prosecutors to waste time and money creating a frame job first? Let’s just cut out the middlemen and put the innocent directly in jail. And Kagan can file an amicus brief explaining why this is just fine, and Obama can praise her for her integrity, excellence and passion for the law.