Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal to reinstate the conviction of Junior Fred Blackson, a Michigan native charged with a 1988 murder stemming from a drug dispute. In 2013, a federal district judge ruled that Mr. Blackston was denied a fair trial in the lower courts when he was denied the opportunity to challenge the credibility of two key witnesses, who recanted their testimony between his first and second trials. The first testimony was read to jurors during the second trial. The Michigan Court of Appeals agreed that Blackston had a right to challenge the first testimony with written statements from the witnesses saying that the testimony was wrong. Justices Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Alito issued a written dissent, stating the high court should have taken up the case. Scalia went on to say that the constitutional right to cross-examine witnesses does not include a right to admit written statements recanting previous testimony.
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"i diligunt legem" is the Latin phrase for "I Love the Law." This blog is created out of my love for the law and my desire to give back to my community.