The folks who run the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers have been kind enough to allow me to administer their (formerly less-than-active) Facebook page. The plan is to keep it up to date with content about MACDL, MACDL members, and news related to criminal defense/law. I’m excited about this opportunity to ramp up my participation in this professional organization. Please take a moment to “like” the page here.
Today I wrote a letter to Justice Scalia because I am curious if his views on the death penalty have changed since the exoneration of Mr. Henry McCollum.
Despite the fact that both Mr. McCollum and Mr. Brown have IQs in the 50s and 60s, that their confessions came after hours of police interrogation, and that those with intellectual disabilities are prone to not understanding the gravity of waiving their Miranda rights and to giving in to police interrogation tactics, you used Mr. McCollum as an example of a murderer particularly worthy of the death penalty. Now, it turns out that not only is Mr. McCollum not a murderer particularly worthy of the death penalty, he is not worthy of the death penalty at all. Indeed, he is not even a murderer.
You can read the whole letter (with a few changes made for display on the web) here.
I’ll be sure to let you know if I get a response.