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.
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That is so absolutely disgusting.
I too would like to register my moral indignation.
I keep hoping someone will be able to say the newspapers have got it all wrong and it isn’t going to happen really.
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.
Alex, Lisa, Jender: totally agree. Austin, thanks so much for the update.
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.
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.
You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man’s freedom.
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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