Tuesday, September 20, 2011


It's official: the bloodthirsty Georgia prison system doesn't care. An ex-president, an ex-congressman, an ex-FBI director and the Vatican... nope, nothing stands in the way of the State of Georgia executing an innocent black man! Why, its just like the old days! You are NOT going to pry them away from that needle, because they are having a GOOD TIME.

Troy Anthony Davis will be executed tomorrow.

Death penalty = murder. Yes, it is. Vengeance is the Lord's, not yours.

But let me tell you: If you are in favor of the death penalty, your cause is seriously WEAKENED when an innocent man is put to death.

And Davis is innocent (my opinion)... or at least there are significant questions about his guilt:

Davis has captured worldwide attention because of the doubt his supporters have raised over whether he killed [police officer Mark] MacPhail. Several of the witnesses who helped convict Davis at his 1991 trial have backed off their testimony or recanted. Others who did not testify say another man at the scene admitted to the shooting.

The U.S. Supreme Court even granted Davis a hearing last year to prove his innocence, the first time it had done so for a death row inmate in at least 50 years. But in that June 2010 hearing, Davis couldn't convince a federal judge to grant him a new trial.
Some of the jurors have said, if they knew now what they didn't know then, they would not have voted to convict Davis.

So, seven out of nine witnesses recanting testimony is not enough for a new trial, or even a stay of execution? From the second link, above:
No physical evidence, like his fingerprints on the murder weapon or gunpowder residue on his hands, ever connected Troy to the crime, and he never confessed. The only thing that convicted Troy was the testimony of witnesses, many of whom say police pressured them to identify Troy as the murderer.
This is a monstrosity.

The state of Georgia and the USA, will once again have blood on their hands.

And I write this to say, this abomination known as the DEATH PENALTY, does not speak for me and does not represent me as an American.

Amnesty International is on the case, still, always, right up until they stick the needle in. God Bless them! Also see the update from the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

Chatham County's District Attorney's Telephone: 912-652-7308 Fax: 912-652-7328.


DaisyDeadhead said...

From BBC, recent update:

Troy Davis death row appeal fails

Amnesty International's Laura Moye: "Serious doubts about his guilt remain"

US court rejects death row appeal
The US state of Georgia is preparing to execute death row inmate Troy Davis by lethal injection, despite pleas from supporters to overturn his conviction.

Seven witnesses have recanted their testimony in the case, and protests and vigils are planned throughout the day.

Davis' lawyers say prison officials have blocked a polygraph test for Davis, who maintains he is innocent.

He was convicted in 1991 of killing Mark MacPhail, an off-duty police officer.

"What we have had is a manufactured appearance of doubt which has taken on the quality of legitimate doubt itself"--Spencer Lawton, Prosecutor

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has rejected an appeal to reconsider their Monday decision to deny Davis clemency.

Prosecutors say they have no doubts as to his guilt.

Spencer Lawton, the district attorney who secured the conviction, told the Associated Press news agency he was embarrassed the execution had taken so long.

"What we have had is a manufactured appearance of doubt which has taken on the quality of legitimate doubt itself. And all of it is exquisitely unfair," he said.

On Wednesday morning, Davis' lawyers filed a last-ditch appeal to the county court responsible for Georgia's death row, arguing that ballistic testing from the case was flawed.

Protests in Georgia have been organized by the Amnesty International and NAACP
The 42-year-old's conviction has been upheld by several federal and appeal courts.

He was denied a hearing at the US Supreme Court after a federal judge refused a new trial for his case.

Davis' execution date has been rescheduled four times.

International protests
While vigils have been scheduled at both the Georgia state capitol and the jail, protests have taken on an international dimension since Monday's decision to deny clemency.

The Council of Europe has called for Davis' sentence to be commuted.

Renate Wohlwend of the Council's Parliamentary Assembly said: "To carry out this irrevocable act now would be a terrible mistake which could lead to a tragic injustice."

Amnesty International and other groups have planned protests at the US embassies in Paris and London.

Davis also counts as supporters Pope Benedict XVI and former US President Jimmy Carter, as well as US conservative figures like representative Bob Barr and former FBI Director William Sessions.

JoJo said...

EPIC fail on all levels. Unbelievable.

DaisyDeadhead said...

Troy Anthony Davis Executed in Georgia
Updated: Wednesday, 21 Sep 2011, 11:41 PM EDT

Convicted cop killer Troy Anthony Davis was put to death in Georgia Wednesday night after a number of last-ditch appeals to prevent his execution failed, in a case that captured attention worldwide.

Davis, who was sentenced to death for the 1989 murder of off-duty Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail, was administered a lethal injection at 10:53pm ET. He was pronounced dead at 11:08 p.m.
Davis, 42, was defiant until the end and maintained his innocence, journalists who witnessed the execution said.

Before the injection was administered he lifted his head -- while strapped to a gurney -- and said he wanted to address the family of the slain officer, who were present in the front row of the gallery.

Describing the process as going "very quietly," official media witness Jon Lewis said Davis stressed his innocence once more.
Addressing MacPhail's family, Davis "said he was sorry for their loss but he did not take their son, father, brother."

He said he did not have a gun at the time of MacPhail's death and urged further investigation.
Davis asked the family to "look deeper into this case so you can really find the truth," before telling the officers administering the lethal injection, "May God have mercy on your souls and may God bless your souls."

Earlier in the day, his defense team had asked for a stay of execution from the US Supreme Court, the Georgia Supreme Court and Butts County Superior Court, arguing that the ballistics testing that linked Davis to the crime was flawed.

In its brief one-line decision, the Supreme Court -- the last to deny the request -- said late Wednesday, "The application for stay of execution of sentence of death presented to Justice Thomas and by him referred to the Court is denied."

Davis, who had been spared the death penalty three times before, saw his legal hopes dwindle Wednesday when the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole denied a request to reconsider clemency. Authorities also denied a request to have the inmate take a polygraph test to prove his innocence.

At 4:00pm local time, Davis was given a last meal of a cheeseburger, potatoes and slaw -- the same as what was served other inmates -- but he did not eat it, a prison spokeswoman told The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Davis also refused to issue a final statement.

Davis was convicted for the 1989 murder of off-duty Savannah police officer and former Army Ranger MacPhail, who was shot in a Burger King parking lot.
Since Davis' conviction, seven of nine witnesses had changed or recanted their testimony. No physical evidence linked him to the crime and his case picked up attention across the globe. "Troy Davis has impacted the world," his sister Martina Correia said at a news conference. "They say, 'I am Troy Davis,' in languages he can't speak."

Amnesty International, which had provided legal aide to Davis, organized a vigil across the street from the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification prison where the execution was to take place. About 200 people protested outside the Jackson, Ga. center and riot police were called in as a precaution.
"This is an outrage. No one can execute a man with no physical evidence," said Rev. Al Sharpton, who was leading one demonstration.
Prosecutors steadfastly maintained that Davis was guilty and they point out that subsequent judges have refused to overturn his conviction. MacPhail's family also said they have no doubt about Davis' guilt and said they supported his death sentence, the Journal Constitution reported.

(more here)

Gregg Jocoy said...

This is a terribly difficult time. I have seen so many killed, dozens I have been aware of for years on end, others that sprung up on me at the last moment, like the man in Texas they executed today. I take no comfort in knowing that a man guilty of a horrific crime has been killed, and the fact that the members of the Supreme Court didn't get on TV and scream that a likely innocent man was about to be killed by the State of Georgia makes me believe that they place absolutely no value on my life.

Dave Dubya said...

The culture of death is slow to decline in the US. The barbarians of past generations will be replaced by more open and tolerant youth.

Let's hope this tragedy will be a step towards that enlightenment.

Ann O'Dyne said...

The Devil Came Down To Georgia.

There must be No Doubt of guilt, and in this case there is plenty. Shame on Chatham County.

Anonymous said...

What about the bloody shorts his mother was trying to wash in the middle of the night. That was not allowed as evidence because his Mom said the felt threatened by the police when they went to his house looking for "RAH". I was alive then and remember the details of the case. The other people who tried to recant were most likely threatened by the extended family which at the time held a very tight rein on the drug dealing in downtown Savannah. That summer was an extremely violent one. There were quite a few of the Davis clan in the middle of it all.

DaisyDeadhead said...

Anonymous, I will allow your inaccurate comment but of course, anonymous comments aren't worth as much as comments from people with the courage to name themselves. Points off for cowardice, as well as getting general facts wrong.

And drug dealing means--? It's a profession that should be legal. And even so, last time I checked, its pretty far from a capital offense.

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Anonymous said...

In a court of law you should tell the truth or you are worst then the criminals you have convicted!The only people to blame if a innocent man was put to death would be those who knowingly testified falsely as to the facts.