Supporters of Troy Davis, who was scheduled for execution this evening at 7:00pm, erupted in joy at the news that a stay had been granted at the eleventh hour for Troy.
Unfortunately, it is a temporary stay so the Supreme Court has an opportunity to review additional issues brought forth by Troy Davis’ defense attorneys
The “warrant” for Troy’s death is still valid until September 28, 2011. Until then, there is still hope.
The torture of waiting to die
All in all, Troy has gotten a total of 4 stays since being on Death Row. Three times before, Troy has had to ready himself emotionally and psychologically, to die.
Ed Pilkington, writing for The Guardian, reflects upon what this “torture” does to a person in his article for The Guardian. The article lists 10 reasons why Troy should not be executed, below is reason number ten:
Even if you set aside the issue of Davis’s innocence or guilt, the manner of his execution tonight is cruel and unnatural. If the execution goes ahead as expected, it would be the fourth scheduled execution date for this prisoner. In 2008 he was given a stay just 90 minutes before he was set to die. Experts in death row say such multiple experiences with imminent death is tantamount to torture.
Texas kills – again
Tonight, Texas murdered another prisoner. It happened at 6:21 Texas time. Lawrence Russell Brewer, 44, was on death row for the racially charged murder of James Byrd, Jr.
The murder of Mr. Byrd is so heinous that I don’t wish to discuss it.
Suffice it to say that someone like Lawrence Russell Brewer is no better than an animal – no, most animals behave better. This murderer is the worst of the worst, but not worthy of state sponsored murder.
No one should be willfully executed – ever. It is barbaric and the United States is, or should be, better than this.
Civil societies do not murder their people, therefore the US states that sponsor the death penalty are uncivilized, barbaric and clearly mad.
A comment left today by Colleen on another of my posts about the death penalty, reminded me that in order to put the practice of the death penalty into focus, you should consider this: There are four other countries that impose the death penalty on its people: Iran, Yeman, North Korea, and the United States. That’s the company we keep. Update: there are quite a few other countries that allow the death penalty. According to Amnesty International, this list reflects areas where the death penalty is in place: See http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0777460.html
Those of us who want to act and change how laws are applied in this country need to speak out about it. Protest. Get involved. Stop the death penalty! It has proved over and over again that it is NOT a deterrent for criminal behavior, and it costs millions of dollars to impose. The costs are much extensive than keeping a prisoner locked up for life.
I joined the NAACP and Amnesty International because I am sick of allowing state governments to trample on our basic human rights. I think now is the time to speak loud about the death penalty.
With every execution that is allowed to occur in our country, we chip away at the civil rights that others fought or died for. Individuals such as Martin Luther King, Bobby Kennedy, Rosa Parks, The Little Rock Nine, Thurgood Marshall, and the example of the famous case, Brown v. The Board of Education, must not be forgotten. We are doomed to repeat history if the lessons from it are forgotten.
For those who cannot appreciate the struggle for equality that some groups face, I would say: Who will stop that hate-train when your rights are trampled on? Trouble for one is trouble for all when it comes to freedom, equality and choice.