Troy Anthony Davis, 10/9/68 – 9/21/11
Posted by Charles II on September 21, 2011
Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked. –Ex. 23:7
The State of Georgia has slain a man that should never have been found guilty. Among those urging that he not be executed were Pope Benedict, President Jimmy Carter, former Republican Congressman Bob Barr, and former GHW Bush FBI Director William Sessions. A plea was issued by former prison wardens, including the former warden of the prison in which Davis was held (the Georgia Diagnostic Prison) that this conviction was so riddled with doubt that it would haunt those who participated in it for the rest of their lives. Rachel Maddow read their letter. I urge you to listen to it.
It is not that Troy Davis is provably innocent. It is that there is more than reasonable doubt. Davis was alleged to have shot Michael Cooper with the same gun that was used against Officer Mark MacPhail. But he was never tried for shooting Cooper–the case for doing so would have been hopeless as this link should make clear–and the forensics were inconclusive. The gun was never found. The recantations make it clear that there was extensive police coercion used to force the case to a conclusion.
Davis maintained his innocence to the end. Georgia’s Parole Board, Governor, Georgia Supreme Court, and other officials including the US Supreme Court have, I believe, murdered an innocent man. The case is now in God’s hands.
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