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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-25-11 01:51 PM
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Criminal defendants find an unlikely friend in Justice Scalia
Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court's most outspoken and combative conservative, is not often described as friendly to criminals.

But in recent years, Scalia has led an unusual pro-defendant faction at the high court in reversing convictions for murder, drug dealing, wife beating and drunken driving.

Next up in early December is a Chicago rapist who claims his 6th Amendment right to confront his accusers was violated because prosecutors did not put on the witness stand a lab technician from Maryland who conducted the DNA test that sent him to prison.

This claim might have been a loser even during the court's long-past liberal era. But with the relentless Scalia leading the charge, it may well succeed, a prospect that worries prosecutors and crime lab directors across the nation.

full: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-co...
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Dont call me Shirley Donating Member (396 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-25-11 03:06 PM
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1. Scalia pardons criminals because scalia is a criminal.
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Turbineguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-25-11 03:38 PM
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2. Birds of a feather
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former9thward Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-25-11 06:20 PM
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3. Would you like to wipe out the 6th Amendment?
Too inconvenient for you? Should we throw out the right to a trial also -- just throw the 'criminals' in prison based on an accusation?
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