Thursday, September 22, 2011

Dedicated to Troy Davis - May He Rest in Peace


  1. Georgia, another state whose Reptilican governor has the balls to execute an innocent man. At moments like this I wish there was such a thing as hell. I can only hope that the gutless pieces of shit who do things like this get their comeuppance in some spectacularly public and painful way here in meatworld.

  2. Actually, its one law for the rich and one law for the poor. Blacks, of course, being more likely to be poor than whites.

  3. "Georgia, another state whose Reptilican governor has the balls to execute an innocent man"

    And you can prove his innocence? Why weren't you at his trial?

  4. Ever hear of reasonable doubt?

    "after most of the witnesses recanted or changed their testimony"

    That should be grounds for clemency.

    Also, any death penalty jury should be unanimous by law.

    Sworn statements were made by three jurors who sentenced Davis to death in 1991 now expressing doubt and asking that Davis be spared the death penalty according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday.

    Anyway, clemency only means he would receive life in prison, not a full pardon. He would die in prison.

    But, if you have no doubts about his guilt, then you should have been the person making the lethal injection of a possibly innocent man, FWM.

  5. Actually, I believe he should have at least been granted a stay to sort it all out.

    I'm not going to make the wild, unsubstantiated claim that he was innocent as Demo did but I see no reason not to err on the benefit of the doubt, at least until new evidence could be examined. Is that even a legal possibility?

  6. Life in prison is better than executing a possibly innocent man.

    And, at least in Pennsylvania, life in prison means exactly that, they die there. That was the strategy I was taught for handling death penalty cases.

    They could have given him another trial, but that wasn't on the cards.

  7. I agree with Laci - life in prison with no chance for parole is the way we should be going with these violent criminals. In the end, it costs the state less money to house these prisoners than it does to execute them and you eliminate the risk of killing an innocent person. The state does not need to be in the business of killing prisoners.

  8. I'll see if I can buff off my crystal ball and make a prediction. He didn't kill the cop and the longer they kept him alive, the more likely somebody would be able to prove it. Otoh, assuming he's guilty as charged, the element of doubt, as Laci says, compels the justice system to hold off on irrevocable forms of punishment.

    Troy Davis' execution had everything to do with puttin' "those" people in their place, pandering to the asswipes of the GOP base and gettin' some sweet, sweet revenge. It had fuck all to do with justice.

  9. Yet another example of the failure of the justice system: executed despite no physical evidence and the recanting of 7 of 9 "witnesses".

    The Death Penalty is barbaric, costs more than life imprisonment, does nothing to stop or inhibit crime (according to studies), and has too many examples of people innocent (thanks mainly to DNA analysis). The Death Penalty is nothing more than a macho expression of vindication and "getting tough on crime", and should be abolished.

  10. Capital punishment is a disgrace. It's even worse than the so-called gun rights.