Do you need another reason to vote? After a decent interval, you might want to get in touch with the family of Vernon Madison, who is alive today probably because Justice Antonin Scalia isn't. A state court in Alabama blocked Madison's execution on the grounds that he was not mentally competent. (Madison has suffered several strokes since he was sentenced 31 years ago.) The Alabama courts have repeatedly ruled that Madison's trials were a mess and, because the Supreme Court is deadlocked at 4-4–Thanks, Mitch McConnell!–Madison's execution was stayed. Elections have consequences, it seems.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
#RememberinNovember: time to flip the switch on this lot
Charlie Pierce, at Esquire: