Right To An Attorney
It should be “the right to a competent attorney” but in this case the attorney’s left the practice and the law firm never assigned any attorneys to continue the litigation.
The case of Corey Maples provides a disturbing look at the death penalty system in the United States and underscores how even people facing execution are often not represented by adequate counsel at any stage of the criminal process. In Maples’s case, the attorneys assigned to represent his appeals quit midway through the process, and yet the state of Alabama blamed Maples for his failure to comply with procedural requirements he had no way of fulfilling. Yesterday, the Supreme Court corrected this obvious mistake by ruling that Maples had a right to appeal in a 7-to-2 decision.
Remarkably, the Court’s decision was not unanimous, with Justice Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissenting.
I offer this, attributed to Justice Scalia
What is important that it is necessary to give due process, but it is not necessary that you be guilty.
Apparently, it is not only more important, but paramount to have a process in place, to blindly follow a set of rules, than it is to arrive at justice.
I remember Troy Davis.