The Troy Davis story is yet another reason to rage against the death penalty.
It is inconceivable to me that a single person should die for a crime they did not commit, or could not have committed due to evidence corruption.
When there are countless executions of the wrong perpetrator, shouldn’t that tell us something? Shouldn’t that be reason enough to STOP this practice of killing people?
The possible execution of Troy Davis is yet another travesty resulting from the clearly arcane Death Penalty sentence.
Despite no physical evidence, and countless “eye witnesses” recanting their original testimony that Mr. Davis committed the murder, he is nonetheless scheduled to die on Georgia’s Death Row on September 21, 2001 for the 1989 murder of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail.
When a police officer dies, it is a horribly tragic event, there is no denying this truth. Likewise, if there are countless witnesses saying they were wrong about Mr. Davis being the killer, and name another subject as the killer, it is also wrong. Sadly, this is the scenario with the Troy Davis case.
The fact is, no physical evidence connected Davis to the murder. Seven of the original nine witnesses have recanted, with many saying their testimony was a result of law enforcement pressure. Of the remaining witnesses, one is highly suspect and the other could be the actual culprit in the officer’s murder.
Now, despite these and other facts, the state of Georgia has taken the final steps toward Davis’ execution — and only the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole stands between Davis and the lethal injection chamber. ~The Color of Change.org
Troy Davis, was at the scene of the crime, and is an accessory to the murder – but too many new witnesses have come forward and implicated the person Troy was with, Sylvester Coles, as the shooter. EVERY witness BUT Sylvestor Coles now puts the murder weapon in Coles’ hands. Not surprisingly, Coles is the only witness who has not changed his story.
This is a case in which the meaning of Reasonable Doubt is turned on its proverbial head to mean any doubt will do.
The application of Reasonable Doubt is the cornerstone or our criminal justice system, but when it goes awry and innocent people die because of it, there is nothing more heinous.
This dangerous game of Russian Roulette with the life of a fellow human being should never happen. But it is happening. It is wrong, wrong, wrong in every sense of the word.
This is the Huffington Post story I read this morning that got my blood boiling hot: The Execution of Troy Davis – - A Mother’s Story, by Martina Davis-Correia, as told to Jen Marlowe and Monifa Bandele.
Ever since reading about the fight for Troy’s life by his sister and nephew, I have tried to do what I can to get the word out about this case.
If you have a moment, I hope you will, too.
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Better yet, go to the multiple sites (listed below) who are bringing attention and support to Troy Davis.
Visit these sites for further direction on how you may take action:
- NAACP – http://www.naacp.org/pages/troy-davis-a-case-for-clemency
- AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL – http://www.amnestyusa.org/news/news-item/usa-clock-ticks-on-troy-davis-execution
- The Innocence Project – https://secure2.convio.net/ip/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=227
- Color Of Change – http://colorofchange.org/campaign/save-troy-davis-life/
- ACLU - http://www.aclu.org/blog/capital-punishment/standing-solidarity-troy-davis
The uncertain fate of Georgia Death Row inmate, Troy Davis, is plain wrong. Please help to educate your friends and family regarding this case, and the Death Penalty.