The question is: Why hasn't the prosecutor who withheld evidence that would have kept an innocent man, Henry McCollum, off Death Row committed suicide?
How can a man have in a case file the DNA of a known violent sex offender and fail to have it compared to the DNA found on the body of the 11-year-old who was raped and murdered? Why isn't he hiding in the hills of North Carolina like that abortion fanatic to protect himself against a lynch mob?
Has he no sense of decency? Does he not know that he let a rapist and murderer go in order to convict two innocent brothers?
The question is: Why haven't those cops who shouted and screamed at two retarded black youth for five and a half hours, and then wrote up elaborate confessions with accurate detail and told the suspects that if they signed them they could go home, Gloched themselves in the head?
The question is: Why hasn't Justice Antonin Scalia, who said that lethal injection was too good for McCollum and his brother Leon Brown, been publicly caned? Our Supreme Court is devoid of Protestants now, but has one prominent member who claims to lead an intellectual wing, who truly believes that there is a Devil. And of course, ever what Scalia believes, so believes Clarence Thomas. Thomas is either so full of himself that he sees all those legal issues so clearly, or, after 30-plus years on the bench cannot think of anything to ask.
Conservatives believe that government cannot do anything right, except be flawless in the process of killing people.
McCollum and Brown did at least walk free after 30 years hearing condemned men scream on their own way to the execution chamber, and not being allowed to touch their own family, while Scalia talked about them behind their backs.
Not so, the Brown kid from Ferguson, Mo., who got shot seven times by the cops, when you are only supposed to shoot an unarmed black youth with his hands up twice. The rules are less clear on when you are allowed to choke a man to death in front of a crowd for illegally selling tobacco.
It's hard to get justice on such things.
I once represented an old man who had been handcuffed and was laying on the ground and was beaten so severely by a deputy sheriff that he, after the trial, died of his injuries. This incident was witnessed by a host of honest people, who saw it because a train had the road blocked and this all went on in front of them and described it to a local jury. On the day of the trial, there were dozens of deputies on the streets of our small town.
The local jury simply pretended the crime didn't happen. I never got over that case and never will, and there have been more like it in my career, all with the same outcome and similar loss of innocence on my part.
Now I grieve for McCollum and Brown, but that is not enough. Some people ought to commit suicide.
Reach Larry Webster, a Pikeville attorney, at email@example.com.