Convicts do not have a right under the Constitution to obtain DNA testing to try to prove their innocence after being found guilty, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.As usual, those who claim to defend rights are the ones narrowing them:
Thursday’s ruling in District Attorney’s Office v. Osborne, No. 08-6, reversed a ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Joining Chief Justice Roberts in the majority were Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony M. Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr.While this particular case has some weirdness to it, the overall precedent is truly astounding. All I can say is I hope our state legislature has already created a legal means for people to obtain potentially exonerating DNA evidence if no such testing was done prior to, and presented at, their trial.