Troy Anthony Davis, the the eldest child of Korean War veteran Joseph Davis and hospital worker Virginia Davis is scheduled to be killed on September 21, 2012, even though the case against him has fallen apart.
Contrary to the opinion of the uninformed and the misinformed, Troy Davis is not a thug just because he's an African American. Troy Davis Davis grew up with four siblings in the predominantly black, middle-class neighborhood of Cloverdale in Savannah, GA. He attended Windsor Forest High School but dropped out in his junior year to be available to drive his disabled younger sister to her rehabilitation. Davis obtained his GED in 1987. People who actually knew him described him as a "straight up fella" who acted as a big brother to local children.
Although Davis was convicted by a jury of his peers, seven out of the nine people who said it was him have "recanted" or changed their testimony. In addition to that, Sylvester "Redd" Coles, the first person to accuse Davis -- might have actually been the shooter because since conviction, several people have testified that he lied about Davis to protect himself. And boasted about getting away with it.
To make things worse, they don't have any physical evidence (nothing you can see or touch) against Davis either. What little physical evidence the State of Georgia once had it has since withdrawn and new forensics technologies have revealed grievous error, making the assumptions of the past wrong.
Troy Davis's wheelchair bound sister Martina Correia said“They know my brother is innocent but the state is bent on taking his life." Ain't that a dip?
How do you explain the death penalty to children?
There are moments in parenting when not telling the whole truth is very important. I did not say "They will wheel Troy into a tiled room. They will strap him to a gurney. They will inject him with a series of drugs that will kill him in stages, despite the fact that there is real evidence that these drugs do not always work as smoothly as we are told. Despite the fact that he may suffer as he dies, they will strap him down, and people will watch, and they will inject him, and Troy Davis will die, even though he is almost certainly innocent."
Instead, I swallowed hard and thought about our cat, the one we put to sleep a couple years back, the one whose last living memory was of being in my arms. I said "Oh no, honey, they'll give him drugs like we gave Chauncey. The first one will make him sleep, and the next one will stop his heart. Do you remember how Chauncey died, quietly in my arms?"
What the Christian Progressive Liberal said, all the damn way!
If I’m the Governor of a state that has the Death Penalty, I would want to make damned sure that whomever is sentenced to death actually did the crime.
I would not want to execute someone only to find out later that the condemned person was innocent. An execution does not allow for “do-overs” to get it right. From what I’ve read about Troy Davis, there is hell of enough reasonable doubt to set him free, let alone grant him a new trial.
What if that were the kind of Governor the State of Georgia had instead of the the kind of Governor they have?
An execution warrant setting Troy Davis’ execution has been signed by a Chatham County judge. The execution date has now been set for September 21st.
An execution is NOT inevitable. This merely sets the clemency process in motion. Before Sept. 21, the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles will rule on whether Troy Davis’ sentence should be commuted, or whether the execution should be carried out as scheduled. Previously, the Board stated that it would not allow an execution unless there was “no doubt” as to guilt.
Oppose the killing of some body's baby.