I am so depressed today. I just heard that Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed by the State of
Then today, while volunteering at the library, I heard on National Public Radio, that the Supreme Court was not impressed with the recanted witness testimony in Troy Davis’ case and that was why they refused to hear it. Further, they considered whether or not the death penalty was used in crimes more often when the criminal was black and the victim was white. They decided it was not. So, they washed their hands of the entire death penalty issue. The case went back to the State of
Now, it will be up to the conservative Republican Governor Sonny Perdue and the general opinion is he will not grant Clemency.
This means that an innocent man will be killed, a guilty man (Mr. Coles) will go free, the slain Officer (Mr. McPhail) will never receive justice, and that in my mind, the
Further, the death penalty is just plain wrong for a modern country that operates in the 21st Century; it is the State murdering people and I don’t think anything gives them or anyone else the right to do that. Here are the countries that allow the death penalty:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- China (People's Republic)
- Congo (Democratic Republic)
- Equatorial Guinea
- Korea, North
- Korea, South
- Palestinian Authority
- St. Kitts and Nevis
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
- United States
Now, I ask you, which of the countries in the list doesn't fit with the others?
However, as a pragmatic compromise, let us at least make the way the death penalty is administered more stringent. Perhaps we should require DNA and/or fingerprint evidence to convict folks for the death penalty, since DNA has been used to exonerate 223 criminals so far from death sentences as part of the Innocence Project. It would still be a burr up my saddle, but at least I would know, that guilty men were being put to death and not potentially innocent men, like Troy Davis.
Again, please send an email to the Governor of the State of Georgia Sonny Perdue asking him to grant clemency to Troy Davis or use the Amnesty International USA online action center and see the other actions that you can take.