Which did not prevent the State of Oklahoma to kill another prisoner, before Richard Glossip, with just the same cocktail containing the wrong drug.
And, given that pharmaceutical companies increasingly refuse to provide their drugs for executions, it is very possible that the alleged "mishap" was not a mishap at all, but a deliberate act of Oklahoma government to use that defective cocktail on condemned prisoners at executions - only in Richard Glossip publicity was running too high, and it was very likely that even more publicity would have ensued if the "mishap" was to be discovered after the execution - and it was a second-in-a-row execution like that, using the food additive.
I wrote on this blog about a federal judge out of Nebraska who has devised the whole of three reasons as to why he would KNOWINGLY allow execution of a person about whose actual innocence the judge would KNOW before the execution.
The three reasons are:
- a "binding" court precedent that would allow to execute an innocent (of course, no such thing can legally exist or be constitutional, because execution is the ultimate punishment, and there is nothing to punish an innocent for);
- clemency is available, and
- the condemned person sat on his rights for too long, and it is untimely to raise the issue of his ACTUAL INNOCENCE just before the execution.
- Chief Judge Rehnquist - died in 2005 at the age of 81, see his main opinion here;
- Justice White - died in 2002 at the age of 85, see his concurring opinion here;
- Justice O'Connor - retired and is still alive, she is 85 now, see her concurring opinion here;
- Justice Kennedy - alive and on the court, he is 79 now, see his concurring opinion here;
- Justice Scalia - alive and on the court, he is 79 now, see his concurring opinion here;
- Justice Thomas - alive and on the court, he is 67 now, see his concurring opinion here;
I already wrote on this blog about influence of law clerks upon the elderly U.S. Supreme Court judges, which, all in all, makes it impossible to discern, who and for what actual reason, and based on whose paid-for and lobbied agenda, directed this or that U.S. Supreme Court decision, including death penalty cases.
It is disgusting when a bunch of elders send a young man to death, inventing miles of "opinions" as to why the government can rob him of his breath at 46, while they can continue to breathe well into their 80s, despite ordering a state-orchestrated murder, refusing to listen and precluding a human being from even presenting the evidence that could have saved his life.
Three of the Herrera v Collins cannibals, Kennedy, Scalia and Thomas, are still on the court. And several death penalty cases are coming in front of them.
If they do not care whether a person they send to death is actually innocent, what do they care about any other issues...
Yet, I have a question, especially after reading Justice Breyer's recent book "The Courts and the World" indicating that certain forces in the U.S. Congress wanted to introduce legislation allowing impeachment of the U.S. Supreme Court judges for the contents of their rulings, especially, for striking the death penalty as unconstitutional based on evolving international norms of human decency ( (Kindle edition, location 5165).
If impeachment was considered for abolishing the death penalty, why
- Thomas and
You know that the U.S. Supreme Court can "work wonders".
It made racial segregation disappear.
It made interracial marriages not a crime.
It made contraception and abortion legal and not a crime.
It made same sex marriage legal and same sex not a crime.
It was very much within its power to create an opinion to give Leonel Torres Herrera - and many other condemned prisoners, life.
They did not do that.
Not for Herrera, not for many more prisoners executed since Herrera.
Not for Richard Glossip, whose claims, similar to Herrera's, of actual innocence and availability of evidence of such innocence, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected as ruthlessly and carelessly, as it did Leonel Herrera's. Only Richard Glossip was saved by the rage of public opinion that made the Governor, in order to save face, to claim a last-minute botch-up of the lethal cocktail.
But nothing saved Leonel Torres Herrera, and the "precedent" allowing to kill an innocent remains on the books.
It is not too late to impeach the remaining group of cannibals - Kennedy, Scalia and Thomas and take them off the bench.
It will not bring Leonel Torres Herrera back.
Yet, it will at last give his family a sense of justice and restored confidence in the "justice" system.
It will make the world safer for a lot of people.