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Posted on Sep 20, 2011
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Despite worldwide protests and letters from the likes of President Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and 51 members of Congress, the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles ruled Tuesday morning that Troy Davis should die by lethal injection Wednesday.

Davis, found guilty of killing an off-duty police officer in Savannah, Ga., in 1989, had his death row case temporarily stayed in three earlier instances, and the majority of witnesses who testified against him have recanted their original testimony.

But despite a case that lawyers have for years been arguing was too weak to merit the death penalty, the fourth attempt to save Davis’ life has failed.

The New York Times:

The case has been a slow and convoluted exercise in legal maneuvering and death penalty politics. It has included last-minute stays and a rare Supreme Court decision.

Because Georgia’s governor has no power to stay executions, the parole board was the last hope for Mr. Davis.

“I don’t see any avenues to the Supreme Court,” said Anne S. Emanuel, a law professor at Georgia State University who has formally reviewed the case and found it too weak to merit the death penalty. “There’s nothing else apparent.”

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By PatrickHenry, September 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm Link to this comment

Surely the world class request for clemancy should turn the ear of the bass-ackwards reptillian hicks of backwater Georgia.

There is no reason to kill this guy as an accommodation to so many.  There are plenty more out there who can take his place who no one could care less about.

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By EmileZ, September 20, 2011 at 12:06 pm Link to this comment

A full scale riot across the country would not be inappropriate. We have sunk to the most disgusting depths of depravity long ago. I am not suprised at all.

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By CJ, September 20, 2011 at 11:35 am Link to this comment

As a general rule, if a polity sanctions a person or committee or other political
body power over life and death, he or she or they will choose death. In death
penalty cases the power is ceded to a governor or a committee once through
the courts. But something similar happens in cases of wars, whenever there’s a
real choice as determined when there appears some chance or believed chance
of winning the war.

This tendency, which some would ascribe to “human nature,” (no proof of that) is but
one more reason the death penalty must be abolished, along with warring on
smaller (or larger, though that seldom if ever happens) sovereign states. Wars
aren’t usually between parties but carried out by an aggressor ON another party.

I’d have been extremely surprised had the Davis case turned out differently, had
he been granted a commutation, let alone a new trial. The saddest part might
be that the greater the protest the more inclined the committee was to
demonstrate its power. Not that I think it would have turned out a wit different
had there been zero protests.

But power loves nothing more than flexing its muscle. And so, the state will (joyfully, I dare say, and righteously, of course) commit yet another murder.

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By Alyssa, September 20, 2011 at 10:41 am Link to this comment
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This is absolutely sickening. I can’t believe the country that I’m living in.

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By Project Mayhem, September 20, 2011 at 10:33 am Link to this comment

Disgusting. This is the sort of perversion that makes me sick to be an American. One more step closer to the oblivion of complete and utter moral damnation. I’ve a feeling history will one day judge this country along the same lines it has already judged Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, Milosevic’s Serbia. Pathetic the depths of depravity to which we can sink.

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