Troy Davis Executed

After three hours and twenty minutes the Supreme Court unanimously refused to stay the execution of Troy Davis. The court offered no comment to the order. And like that, it was done.

Meanwhile in Texas white supremacist Lawrence Russell Brewer was killed by lethal injection after being convicted in the gruesome dragging and beheading of James Byrd Jr.

Two men executed by the government, one an admitted killer, and one surrounded by reasonable doubt. That right there is the very crux of tonight’s tragedy.

Regardless if you believe Davis or you don’t, if you feel vindicated in Brewer’s execution or repulsed, as a nation we should be horrified that our criminal justice system cannot weed out for execution those cases where reasonable people can disagree on an accused’s innocence.

That’s because whether we support the death penalty or oppose it, tonight we all have blood on our hands. The state killed two men, one of them may have been innocent, and we, as citizens and as voters, are collectively responsible because we are the state.

To those of you who fought for Troy’s life, who recruited friends, family and even strangers to fight for justice for Troy, let’s not let this tragedy derail the attention and the focus on the long-overdue need to eradicate capital punishment entirely. Let’s amplify it. The state of Georgia responded to protesters outside the death chamber with a show of force–riot gear, police dogs, and helicopters. Davis’s sister told the crowd this was to be expected from the “Old South” but that they were ready for the “New South”.

Indeed.

 

Photo from davidshankbone via flickr.

285 comments

Joy Jin
Joy Jin5 years ago

Capital punishment is not the answer at all. No matter what the circumstances.

James J.
James Jackson5 years ago

Anybody with a functional brain only had to read a few facts about the Troy Davis case to be convinced of his innocence! But bigotry is a horrible characteristic. Most Republican potiticians are bigots AND those con artists in N.C. simply did not want to have the state government paying Mr. Davis millions of $ for wrongful incarceration. If these states would stop electing so many conservatives to Congress and the governorships, they would have many more blacks living outside of prison. In my opinion, even the progressives have not done enough to correct the problems in our justice system. Too many poor people have to choose a public defender and the PD does not have the resources available to properly represent a defendant, especially in a murder case. And they have to trust the district attorney to be very honest when investigating the case. However, in many cases, the prosecutor wants another victory and is "not as honest" as he should be. There have been over 400 complaints of prosecutorial misconduct in Modesto, CA, alone! In only 6 cases did the prosecutor get punished. It is a shame and something needs to be done about it!
You have little chance of justice in states like Texas and N.C. if you are black. Blacks have at least a little better chance of survival when Democrats are put in office instead of the selfish and heartless CONS. Incidentally, I am white but ethnicity should have nothing to do with it. If a man is innocent he is innocent and Mr. Davis was.

Ashley Meyers
Ashley Meyers5 years ago

Such a sad misuse of the criminal justice system.

Lynn C.
Lynn C.5 years ago

The death penalty is just a weapon in the hands of bigots and sadists. Legal murder is murder just as if they had taken a gun and walk down the street shooting anybody they don't like the looks of. What a ugly world we've created and we call it 'civilization'?

Sheri P.
Sheri P.5 years ago

I just do not support the death penalty, personally. It makes me sick and sad...especially when there is even a shadow of a doubt regarding guilt/innocence.

Dominic C.
Dominic C.5 years ago

Right - Abolish CP Today!

Faye Kerr
Faye Kerr5 years ago

With all due respect to the views of Don I. IF what he sais is true, what took SO long, 20 years, to serve THAT justice? There must have been some DOUBT about Mr. Troy Davis being guilty! As for him BEING guilty because the jury FOUND him to be, PLEASE,..we've all seen cases where THAT failed miserably! Their decisions are based on the information they receive and if that is SKEWED in any way, can you really TRUST their findings? IF in FOLLOWING those laws he mentions, governing death penaly cases, even one INNOCENT man/woman, or in this case POTENTIALLY innocent person, is put to death, that is WRONG!! CHANGE the damn Laws! To say the laws were FOLLOWED and justice was SERVED, just because it has ALWAYS been done that WAY, is so ludicrous and backward thinking! CHANGE, and forward thinking is needed in SO many areas now, I think this case AMPLIFIES that need and, as I said before, may God Bless Mr. Troy Davis, Officer Mark MacPhail and the USA..... Actually make that every man, woman and child and all the creatures on Planet Earth, we need all the help we can get to implement CHANGE for the better!

Laurie H.
Laurie H.5 years ago

The bottom line here is since there WAS reasonable doubt-WHY was there nothing done to find out?????? We are supposed to be a civilized society-what is going on?~~

Laurie H.
Laurie H.5 years ago

The bottom line here is since there WAS reasonable doubt-WHY was there nothing done to find out?????? We are supposed to be a civilized society-what is going on?~~

Laurie H.
Laurie H.5 years ago

The bottom line here is since there WAS reasonable doubt-WHY was there nothing done to find out?????? We are supposed to be a civilized society-what is going on?~~