Judicial Murder? Update

Can this really be happening?

Troy Davis, an African American, is scheduled for execution by lethal injection in Georgia today, at 7 pm (local time).  His conviction has been subject to severe doubts; key witnesses have recanted, among other things.

The Supreme Court is going to rule on his latest appeal. 

BUT the  court’s decision is decision is scheduled for Sept. 29th.  And Georgia is going ahead.

From CNN (link in Austin’s comment below):

The U.S. Supreme Court granted a last-minute reprieve to a Georgia man fewer than two hours before he was to be executed for the 1989 slaying of an off-duty police officer…

Troy Anthony Davis learned that his execution had been stayed when he saw it on television, he told CNN via telephone in his first interview after the stay was announced.

10 thoughts on “Judicial Murder? Update

  1. I keep hoping someone will be able to say the newspapers have got it all wrong and it isn’t going to happen really.

  2. This is nearly made me throw up. When the scales of judicial justice becomes unbalanced, this certainly means that moral progress of a nation is a figment of the imagination.

  3. “I am angry as can be. I’m disgusted. It should have been over by now,” MacPhail’s mother, Anneliese MacPhail, told CNN. “Nobody thinks about what the victims’ family has gone through again and again.

    Awesome comments from the eye-for-an-eye camp there.

    Really, I hope there is no official relevance being given to what “the victim’s family has gone though.” The question of guilt (and sentencing) needs to be absolutely independent of such things.

  4. Jay, I certainly agree for capital punishment! I suppose one could argue that one bad consequence of allowing it is that people get heavily invested for years in having another person die.

  5. Clarence Darrow:
    You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man’s freedom.
    Earl Warren:
    It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.

    I only hope there are enough good people in Georgia who care about justice that they will not allow this man to die. Who does it hurt to keep him alive and revisit his case? The egos of the police, prosecutors and judges need to put secondary to what is right, what is fair, what is just.

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