James Ford Seale –The Uncertainty Continues

One week ago yesterday, the Supreme Court announced its decision not to hear Seale’s appeal on the statute of limitations issue.  Justices Scalia and  Stevens dissented, arguing in essence that the matter was important, affected other cases, and should be heard and decided once and for all.

So Seale remains in jail, and no one knows what to do about the two dozen other cases. If you investigate and prosecute, you could spend all the time and resources, get a conviction, only to see it later overturned. Or you may wait and decide to see what the Court eventually does on the issue, which could take a couple of years, and meanwhile witnesses and defendants die and cases grow even colder.

The urgency of the matter apparently meant nothing to the seven other justices.  They simply didn’t want to hear the case, apparently wary of setting a precedent that would end up overloading their docket.

So administrative, procedural concerns seem once again to have outweighed concerns that justice, however delayed, be done once and for all the victims of these old race murders.

There may be some truth to the adage that justice is too important a matter to be left to the lawyers.

3 thoughts on “James Ford Seale –The Uncertainty Continues

    • Scalia and Stevens make very strange bedfellows. The far left and the far right finally found something they could agree upon, and that is that it makes no sense for the court to delay resolving this issue. The window is closing on many of these race murders from the sixties, and this won’t help the prosecution of those that are left. The Supreme Court is a world unto itself.

  1. Agree, I figured that if Scalia questions the issue especially when it comes to defendent rights, there is definitely something to talk about.

    Of course the one justice that still just boggles my mind is Thomas, how many years has it been since he has actually asked a question from the bench?

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