I’ve never wished… …a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure. – Clarence Darrow Mere factual innocence is no reason not to carry out a death sentence properly reached. – Antonin Scalia HE MAY NOT HAVE WISHED HIM DEAD, but Antonin Scalia would have surely tested Clarence Darrow’s limits. One can wonder what the attorney for the damned, as they called Darrow when he defended Leopold and Loeb from the gallows, would have thought of a judge who could say in all seriousness that mere innocence is an insufficient reason to call off the hangman.
A recent lawsuit filed by a Baltimore lesbian-feminist against a San Francisco lesbian-feminist, two high-profile heterosexual underage sex cases, and the raid on the male escort advertising website Rentboys.com by Federal Homeland Security agents and the NYPD has gotten us thinking about the use of state power to address community grievances and enforce moralistic sex codes. It’s our belief that sexual minority peoples and communities should be extremely suspicious of state power.