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September 17, 2011

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STOP the MURDER of Troy Davis

by Andrea O'Connell

The Troy Davis story is yet another reason to rage against the death penalty. 

Save Troy Davis Image credit: NAACP

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.

Feel free to reblog, tweet or share this post on Facebook, or MySpace, etc.

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:

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.

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  1. Sep 17 2011

    But shouldn’t we respect the jury’s decision like we are told to do where Casey Anthony’s jury is concerned? :???:

    One of the talkinheads said that Casey Anthony’s jury’s decision is justice served. Well, then, why not say the same in this case? Hmmmm….

    …just being fecetious…but also want there to be a stop to the “respect the verdict” crap goiung on in the Anthony case because it means such cases as this must have its verdict respected, too. kwim?

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    • Andrea OConnell
      Sep 17 2011

      Point well taken! :)

      Sent from my iPhone

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      • Sep 17 2011

        {{{big hugs!}}}

        BTW, this is a travesty and the very reason why I believe the DP should be used only when there is an eyewitness who saw the murderous event and it is backed by the evidence. Otherwise, toss the DP as a punishment. It is a way overused punishment and the consequences are irreversible when it is dioscovered the wrong person was executed.

        I’m just glad the innocent man i know who is serving a prison sentence wasn’t given the DP. His jury was dumber than a box of rocks, too.

  2. Sep 18 2011

    I don’t know if they will mention Troy Davis but BlogTalkRadio is going to discuss the Death Penalty:

    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/show3.aspx?userurl=simon-barrett&year=2011&month=09&day=18&url=sunday-afternoon-murder-club–death-penalty&ie8c=0

    This week the team is going to tackle the thorny issue of the Death Penalty. It is the ultimate punishment, and the one sentence that you cannot undo!

    We will also have updates on the ongoing Casey Anthony saga, and some other cases

    It will begin at 3pm (double check for your area) but can be listened to at a later time.

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    • Sep 20 2011

      darn! I missed it. Thanks so much for the heads up, though. I will have to scout out the recording. Was it good?

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      • Sep 20 2011

        It really wasn’t that great of a show. They barely said a word about Troy Davis. It became a discussion about the DP/Abortion debate. If you are for the DP then you should be for Abortion-that must mean that abortion is a death penalty then (it is, but the one who wants to say this doesn’t believe so-its about choice, blah, blah, blah).

        You can always relisten to BTR shows at anytime after the broadcast.

  3. Sep 20 2011

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/troy-davis-executed-parole-board-denies-clemency-131916604.html

    A Georgia parole board has denied clemency to Troy Davis, the death-row inmate whose case attracted international attention amid what supporters say are significant doubts over his guilt. With the failure of Davis’ last-ditch appeal, announced Tuesday morning, he appears all but certain to be executed by lethal injection Wednesday at 7 p.m.

    “He’s guilty,” Joan MacPhail-Harris, the widow of the Savannah cop who Davis was convicted of killing, told reporters Monday before the board announced its decision. “We need to go ahead and execute him.” :cry:
    I’m glad he knows the Lord Jesus Christ~

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    • Sep 20 2011

      I’m having a hard time believing this is happening-he had a ton of supporters and those who wanted the execution stayed…

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      • Sep 20 2011

        I know! I cannot believe this is happening! I am just sick about it. If all of these many groups, ACLU, NAACP, The Innocent Project, and other humanitarian and human rights groups are asking for pause – even Jimmy Carter has spoken out. Granted these groups are anti-death penalty, but the fact that it is HIGHLY probable that he was not the shooter, then we need to err on the side of life! I believe much more doubt in our justice system is going to happen. I am so sick over this. I am angry, too.

      • Sep 20 2011

        You know that I am pro-DP but this is awful if there has been backtracking by the witnesses-all but one, that is, and funny how that one is the one who is being implicated by the others as the real murderer!

      • Sep 20 2011

        Exactly, Sherry! If there is doubt, then it is a total injustice to err on the side of death! Being pro-life or anti-death penalty, or anything else, shouldn’t mean that people dispense with common sense.

        The common theme of the justice system has always been, it is better to let a few guilty people go free than to kill or imprison one innocent.

        Now, I don’t know if Troy Davis is innocent. I don’t believe he is, but there is sure enough doubt to pause.

        It is a political season, after all, and voters insist that their leaders are tough on crime. I, on the other hand, want my leader to be someone who will err on the side of caution, especially when a life hangs in the balance. Two deaths don’t make anything right.

        So sad tonight…………..

      • Sep 20 2011

        Well said~
        Common sense seems to be a rarity these days-logical reasoning, too.

  4. Sep 20 2011

    Quote of note

    “It is unconscionable that the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied relief to Troy Davis. Allowing a man to be sent to death under an enormous cloud of doubt about his guilt is an outrageous affront to justice.” – Amnesty International in a statement Tuesday about Davis being denied clemency; he’s slated to be executed Wednesday.

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    • Sep 20 2011

      Thank you, sherry!!!!! I will use this in my post tonight

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      • Sep 20 2011

        YW~
        (wish the post were about him getting clemency)

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