RIP Troy Davis. What Ever Happened to Innocent Until Proven Guilty
So, today I woke up to the news that Death Row Convict Troy Davis had his appeal for a stay of execution denied and and at 11:08pm last night (4:08am GMT), he died from lethal injection.
Despite the fact that 7 of the 9 non police eyewitnesses changed their testimonies after the original trial, despite the fact that over half a million people had signed a petition for clemency including former US president Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the motherfucking POPE, despite the fact that there was no clear evidence in the original trial to begin with except the word of a few eyewitnesses who admitted that they had been threatened by the cops to testify against Troy Davis, despite all these things and many more, The G’damn Supreme Court of Georgia has decided to ignore all these things and murder an innocent man for a crime which there isn’t a shred of evidence linking him to it.
From time to time, I’ll admit to finding myself hoping that some people could be executed in violent and brutal ways for crimes they’ve committed and admitted to, but cases such as this make me believe that the world might be a better place without the death penalty. Sure, people such as Saddam and Osama deserve nothing less than death but if innocent men are to continue to be executed, even when doubt about their guilt remains, then there shouldn’t be a death penalty at all.
Here‘s a list of a few prominent cases where it is highly likely that the men executed were innocent, just in case you need persuasion as to why the death penalty should be abolished.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Troy Davis who have fought a long 20 year battle with the US legal system to try and help an innocent man get the justice he deserved. RIP Troy Davis.