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Troy Davis Is Dead

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Posted on Sep 21, 2011
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Troy Davis’ 22-year ordeal is over. The state of Georgia executed Davis on Wednesday night. In the years since he was convicted of killing an off-duty police officer, seven of the nine witnesses who testified against him recanted their testimony and his cause gained many supporters, among them the pope and Jimmy Carter.

Just a few minutes after he was scheduled to die, the crowd that had gathered to protest Davis’ execution began wailing in disbelief and jubilation as word spread that the Supreme Court of the United States had delayed the execution in order to consider an appeal. But less than an hour later, the court rejected Davis’ case, allowing prison officials to proceed with the execution.

NAACP President Ben Jealous told Amy Goodman on Wednesday, “The world is ashamed of our nation tonight,” echoing the sentiments of many of the Davis supporters who went to the prison to voice their opposition to the state-sanctioned homicide.

(Dave Zirin of The Nation outlined the case for Davis, calling his execution “little more than a legal lynching.”)

The day before he was executed, Davis said, “The struggle for justice doesn’t end with me. This struggle is for all the Troy Davises who came before me and all the ones who will come after me. I’m in good spirits and I’m prayerful and at peace. But I will not stop fighting until I’ve taken my last breath.”

Inspired by Davis, thousands of Americans took to the streets and Twitter to demonstrate that they will not stop fighting until the death penalty is abolished.

Troy Davis died—was killed—at 11:08 p.m. Eastern time, Sept. 21, 2011.

According to media witnesses, Davis maintained his innocence until the end, telling the family of the off-duty officer he was convicted of killing that he was innocent. His last words were: “For those about to take my life, may God have mercy on your souls; may God bless your souls.”  —PZS

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By OzarkMichael, September 22, 2011 at 6:36 pm Link to this comment

Dear Robespierre,

Your namesake used the power of the state to kill many more people for far less reason.

And Trotsky(who you quote with affection)used the state to kill uncountably more than Robespierre, with far less reason to do so.

Your hypocrisy on this matter is stunning. What is even more stunning is that you get away with such drivel.

But who are we kidding? This is Truthdig.

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By D.R. Zing, September 22, 2011 at 7:22 am Link to this comment


We need the death penalty for corporations. We don’t
have it.

For example, British Petroleum should have been
disintegrated, sold off, the money sent to the people
of Louisiana, and its executives should have went to
prison, or at the very least been banned from
corporate life. 

Nope.  Everything is cool. BP lives to kill another

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By RAE, September 22, 2011 at 6:10 am Link to this comment

‘He has had ample time to prove his innocence,’ Mark MacPhail’s widow says.

This headline from the mother of the murdered police officer about sums up the REAL criminal justice attitude in the USA. Oh sure, there’s lots of official blather that the state must PROVE GUILT beyond a reasonable doubt but we’ve clearly seen here that this posturing is nonsense… especially if the accused is a member of a minority group.

Where is the outrage amongst the legal profession? Not a peep from these completely untrustworthy hypocrits. Don’t any of them have ethics or are they all just too brainwashed and spineless to buck the system when it’s wrong?

All the participants who now have not only unquestionally denied Troy Davis his life but who have TORTURED him by strapping him onto the lethal injection table three or four times only to postpone their barbaric act, from the Supreme Court justices on down, must now live with the guilty conscience that they’ve quite possibly murdered the wrong man. There clearly was REASONABLE DOUBT but they WOULD NOT see it.

Why? I don’t know. But I put my money that the reason lies somewhere between the political and the racial. What I do know is that this is a shameful and morally bankrupt way to run a justice system. I hope all involved go to their graves full of remorse… but they won’t. There’s something about being a member of a committee or group that absolves every member from owning the responsibility for the decisions of the group.

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By BBH, September 22, 2011 at 3:03 am Link to this comment
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Murder at home and abroad, Greed.
Yes, there are good citizens, however unless you change your political system, all who vote and the ones that don’t care are complicit in all of these abhorrent acts.

USA you disgust me.

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By Tony Vodvarka, September 22, 2011 at 2:00 am Link to this comment
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The violent corruption surrounding this case is obvious but in the end one must observe that stinking puddle of excrecience, that steaming pile of horseshit that is our “Supreme” Court.

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By Samson, September 22, 2011 at 12:11 am Link to this comment

USA = Iran

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By logkAW, September 21, 2011 at 9:57 pm Link to this comment

11/8 - The Date We Abolish the Death Penalty—


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By nu0, September 21, 2011 at 9:39 pm Link to this comment

Does the death of Troy Davis bring back Mark MacPhail? We just have another dead man and more tragedy.

It’s time we as Americans begin to seriously question the death penalty, prisons and the general course our legal system is taking.

RIP Troy Davis

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By C_WARD, September 21, 2011 at 9:36 pm Link to this comment

The guv’mint has created ‘laws’ that say we, the people, are not allowed to kill one another. But the guv’mint reserves the right to kill any of us, and/or millions of others when they take us to war, by declaring that they don’t have to ‘obey the laws’ they inflict upon us for any phoney reasons they can think up at the time they want to kill people.

So who are the ‘real’ killers?

And why do we tolerate them?

The term ‘justice’ has been bastardized into meaninglessness in this world.

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By D.R. Zing, September 21, 2011 at 9:35 pm Link to this comment

how easy it is
to miss the light
when the light shines
in a vacuum

September 21, 2011. D.R. Zing “In Memoriam: Darkness in America”

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By RGO, September 21, 2011 at 9:15 pm Link to this comment

How do we go on living with the monsters who committed this injustice?

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By TheJerk, September 21, 2011 at 9:12 pm Link to this comment


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By Dr Bones, September 21, 2011 at 9:12 pm Link to this comment
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How many were killed in the illegal war on Iraq, with no one accountable.

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By Sebastian Lawhorne, September 21, 2011 at 9:11 pm Link to this comment
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Long live Troy Davis.

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By nu0, September 21, 2011 at 8:48 pm Link to this comment
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What a morally bankrupt lot we’ve become, we should be ashamed of ourselves.

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By sameer, September 21, 2011 at 8:46 pm Link to this comment
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“‘Murica F*ck Yeah”

bah, this country has lost its direction.  we’ve begun to model our legal system after China.

shame and disgust on you ‘Murica.

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By Robespierre115, September 21, 2011 at 8:37 pm Link to this comment

Obama’s America…same as the old America. Where’s Eugene Robinson with his bullshit articles making excuses for this?

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