Georgia Kills Troy Davis

After a tense delay of more than 4 hours, the state of Georgia has just killed Troy Anthony Davis.

My heart is heavy.  I am sad and angry.  Georgia’s criminal justice system behaved with the viciousness of a defective machine, relentlessly pursuing his death while ignoring the doubts about his guilt that were obvious to the rest of the world.

Tonight we witnessed an abuse of power that exposed a justice system devoid of humanity, a dysfunctional destructive force in denial about its own deeply embedded flaws.

We could not ultimately stop Georgia’s machinery of death in this case, but the groundswell of activism Troy Davis has generated proves that people are hungry for a better system of justice.  This will be his legacy.  We will fight for a system of justice with more humanity, that accepts the possibility of mistakes, errors, and doubts.  A system of justice that believes that innocence matters.  A system of justice with more justice.

Let’s take a moment to honor the life of Troy Davis and Mark MacPhail. Then, let’s take all of our difficult feelings and re-double our commitment to the abolition of the death penalty.

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Tonight we mourn … tomorrow we organize!

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392 thoughts on “Georgia Kills Troy Davis

  1. If I can prove that this punishment is neither useful nor necessary, I will have furthered the cause of humanity."
    Cesare Beccaria, Dei delitti e delle pene (1764)

  2. Thank you Amnesty for providing the voice and the outrage for those unable to do so for themselves. Someday, hopefully, we'll be able to provide true "justice for all", and stop committing murder.

  3. I hope they're proud down there in Georgia because now they can't release what may be a possible mistaken conviction. Talk about burying your mistakes.

  4. Every once in a while there is an incident which wakes our moral duty. Troy Davis was one of them. Thank You Amnesty for educating the masses of injustice and Capital Punishment. Only countries that still use Capital Punishment are: Belarus · China (PRC) · Cuba · Egypt · India · Iran · Israel · Japan · Malaysia · Mongolia · North Korea · Pakistan · Saudi Arabia · Singapore · South Korea · Taiwan (ROC) · Tonga · United States · Vietnam

  5. Another mother has lost a son and to what end? I hope that the investigation continues. Justice can only be served by confirming the identity of the officer's murderer and if it is not Troy Davis – there is no do-over for him, there is no restitution for his family and for the American people in who's name these attrocities are committed.

    NOT IN MY NAME!!!!!!!! NOT IN MY NAME!!!!!!!! NOT IN MY NAME!!!!!!!!

  6. Absolutely sick and racist. Troy Anthony Davis is a symbol of the many who have suffered the same fate without so many eyes. This is not America

  7. This is a systematic racist and unjust means of "justice"…Troy Davis is a symbol of many many others who have suffered the same fate with fewer eyes

  8. @Jeffery Allen

    Calling Troy Davis a cop killer implies that you feel there was enough evidence to confirm his guilt.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/21/opinion/a-griev

    "Seven of nine witnesses against Mr. Davis recanted after trial. Six said the police threatened them if they did not identify Mr. Davis. The man who first told the police that Mr. Davis was the shooter later confessed to the crime. There are other reasons to doubt Mr. Davis’s guilt: There was no physical evidence linking him to the crime introduced at trial, and new ballistics evidence broke the link between him and a previous shooting that provided the motive for his conviction."

    I am against the death penalty and I also have questions about the guilt of Troy Davis.

  9. My husband and I wrote a letter of support to Troy back in 2009, just to reach out to let him know we were thinking of him and hoped that he'd be freed soon, or at least get another trial. We shared with him our happy news of the birth of our daughter, our first born.

    Amazingly, he wrote back. How many letters must he have gotten that month? He wrote back to congratulate us. We were so moved by his faith, his strength in the face of the horror of death row.

    We are heartbroken, as so many are. But his life touched so many, many lives. And his legacy will be the questioning of this system of ours that allows the termination of a life even when it is obvious that justice was not served. I also mourn the death of the other man executed this night, Lawrence Russell Brewer in Huntsville. What makes us think that we can act as God?

  10. I signed the pledge to work to abolish the death penalty. When I did so, a new web page invited me to link to organizations I could work with, or join. Mistakenly, I closed the webpage and now I can't find it. Could someone post this page on this site, or could someone from AI email it to me? Thank you……

  11. Enough already! If you are against the death penalty then be against it. Do not make a hero or a martyr of this lousy rotton cop murdering piece of human debris. We are probably better off without him. The question is and remains Do we have the right to end his life?

  12. I signed the AI pledge to work to abolish the death penalty. When I did so, a new web page invited me to link to organizations I could work with, or join. Mistakenly, I closed the web page and now I can't find it. Could someone post this page on this site, or could someone from AI email it to me? Thank you very much (many tears tonight)……

  13. I am still in shock and in disbelief for the disrespect of a human life. An innocent man died simply because of the color of his skin. Troy Davis is truely a symbol of all the things that we as people of color still need to overcome. My heart has never felt so heavy at the lost of a person I didn't know. I pray that his family find strenght in the arms of the Almighty God so that they can deal with this ordeal. NOT IN MY NAME!!!! RIP in peace Mr. Troy Davis

  14. I'm so sad and ashamed of our Country that allowed Troy to be killed, but that doesn't mean the death penalty itself is wrong. A racist was rightfully put to death for the brutal murder of someone they didn't agree with…and that death was righteous and deserved imo. But our system is broken and needs to be fixed nonetheless. Not by abolishing the death penalty, but by fixing how it is implemented. Should we really spend upwards of $1M+ on keeping cold blooded killers in prison for 30 yrs? I argue we just need more sanity in how things are carried out….we should never allow someone like Troy to suffer this again.

  15. It is so sad that Justice. Was not served for Troy Davis.
    With all the outrage,&evidence for a stay.Georgia did it .so much for a fair trial/appeal process. Having seen this in other contries I had hoped we would have more compassion to really know. For sure.
    To a end to excutions,forever.

  16. Are y'all going to pay the increased taxes that will be needed to build extra prisons and provide care for prisoners on life sentences. The justice system works. Stop screaming racism and concentrate on working in the communities that need correction. The youth is still our future and could be our stabbing murdering future with no fear of penalty

  17. @Jeffery Allen

    Calling Troy Davis a cop killer implies that you feel there was enough evidence to confirm his guilt.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/21/opinion/a-griev

    "Seven of nine witnesses against Mr. Davis recanted after trial. Six said the police threatened them if they did not identify Mr. Davis. The man who first told the police that Mr. Davis was the shooter later confessed to the crime. There are other reasons to doubt Mr. Davis’s guilt: There was no physical evidence linking him to the crime introduced at trial, and new ballistics evidence broke the link between him and a previous shooting that provided the motive for his conviction."

    I am against the death penalty and I also have questions about the guilt of Troy Davis.

  18. @Jeffery Allen

    Calling Troy Davis a cop killer implies that you feel there was enough evidence to confirm his guilt.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/21/opinion/a-griev

    "Seven of nine witnesses against Mr. Davis recanted after trial. Six said the police threatened them if they did not identify Mr. Davis. The man who first told the police that Mr. Davis was the shooter later confessed to the crime. There are other reasons to doubt Mr. Davis’s guilt: There was no physical evidence linking him to the crime introduced at trial, and new ballistics evidence broke the link between him and a previous shooting that provided the motive for his conviction."

    I am against the death penalty and I also have questions about the guilt of Troy Davis.

  19. Freedom starts at home. The USA is supposed to be the
    land of the free, The home of the brave. Tonight we saw
    that it is neither. Alongside the shattered illusion of the
    ability to achieve the American dream, we can include justice
    and liberty for all.

  20. Oh for God's sake know the facts!! It is far more expensive for tax payers to keep an inmate on death row then house them for a life sentence. It requires a completely different kind of care and training than keeping someone in general population!

    The real fact's are many innocent people have been killed and later to be found innocent. I don't want that kind of blood on my hands..do you! There were so many holes in the case of Troy Davis it is sickening!! May he rest in peace, may the officials responsible for his death never rest well again!

  21. I cannot verify the innocence or the guilt of Troy Davis, but what I can say is that the justice system has failed and failed drastically. It is the job of our justice system to prove a man's guilt beyond any shadow of a doubt and certainly not to execute a man whose guilt was becoming increasingly questioned. How they could possibly execute anyone amid such controversy without feeling the slightest bit of moral confliction is beyond me. All I know is that this instance sparks something within all of us that makes us question how we can improve a system that is supposed to be "By the people, for the people".

  22. BOYCOTT GEORGIA!!!! WHAT DIFFERENCE WOULD HAVE A FEW MORE DAYS MADE TO FULLY RESEARCH THE QUESTIONS. NOW THE ANSWERS WILL BE DISCOVERED AND GEORGIA WILL SUFFER GET HUMILIATION!

  23. Some people say that in some cases death penalty is the right thing. But the issue here is that noone has the right to murder another person! If we say that someone is more deserving to die, where do we draw the line?

  24. Troy was not alone and he knew that. He was murdered in his body but not in his heart.. Love to him so he can now feel protection and his last journey can be peaceful. No one should die that way: NO EXCUSE TO KILL!!

  25. Jeffrey Allen, the State should not have have the moral right to end a life when the person is not obviously the killer. If more than a shadow of a doubt exists, the sentence should not be death. Your characterization of the man 21 yrs ago does not reflect the man of today nor does it take in to account the odds that he was responsible for the murder. Would you say 20% – 60% that he was the murderer as the evidence stands today is more reasonable? The greater sin was not an ill-behaved 21-yr old Troy Davis. Your outrage is better directed at the powers that be that needed to find a sacrifice, any one of "them", to pay for the death of a "fellow" law-enforcement officer. "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor."

    Jeffrey Allen Says:
    Do not make a hero or a martyr of this *&(*&( *&%%&% cop-$&^%$%^& piece of %^&^%* ^&*(*&^. We are probably better off without him. The question is and remains Do we have the right to end his life?

  26. I was unaware of this case till yesterday. (I don't watch the news…ever.) My heart is grieved for both the families but today for the family of Troy Davis. May God be with you and comfort you during this time of sorrow. I hope that Troy's death will not be in vain as to the injustice he received and others as well. I do hope for true justice to be served on the true killer. Thank you, Amnesty International, for the education I received tonight. I will be following this case to the end and other cases as well.

  27. Wil Wheaton said it best:

    "I hope that, a future generation of Americans is as appalled that this country executed people as we are that it once endorsed slavery."

  28. Troy David rest in peace and my heartfelt condolances to his family and friends.

    Incredibly sad and deeply worrying that this takes place in the US
    who claims to be a leading democracy in 2011.

    Abolish capital punishment.

  29. I am also against the death penalty; becasue it is not consistence with God's wishes. For you who call this a racists, I remind you that 7 of the 12 jurors were the same race as Davis. For those who say that Georgia was unfair in justice, they gave him 4 appeals and 3 stays of execution in order for him to prove innocence. The defense failed to do so on every occasion. This was in front of the US Federal Appeals System, not some country-hick kangaroo court with a fat, tobacco chewing Sheriff and a Judge dressed like Colonel Sanders,

    Under the instructions of the Supreme Court of the United States, a federal court reviewed the last appeal and found that there was no grounds to overturn the sentence. Three more appeals were granted and delays were provided by Georgia. All three were denied by the US Court of Appeals because of no additional grounds for appeal.

    Davis was convicted in 1989 of a crime committed in Aug 88. The evidence at the first trail was overwhelming with 9 eye witnesses to the shooting, two others that testified that Davis confessed the crime to them, and another (which was his co-defendent) who identifed Davis as the shooter. The victum was an off-duty police officer who was moonlighting as a Security Guard. When he tried to stop Davis & his co-defendent from pistol whipping a homeless man, Davis shot him twice; once in the heart and once in the face. The first shot was point blank as they struggled, the second after the victum fell to the ground. After the first shot, Davis stepped back several feet and shot him again. This appeared to the jurors as cold blooded and calculating. The statue for premediated murder is applicable for that second shot and therfore a capital murder.

    Earlier that evening, Davis had shot another victum in the face; he was a passenger in a car driving by. Davis was convicted a year earlier for a weapons violation. He was not as clean cut as his supporter describe him.

    The people claiming that it was because Davis is an African American are saying it because from bitterness and frustration; not any reasonable facts.

    The people claiming that the State of Georgia denied David justice are uninformed. Georgia went out of their way to give him other chances (5) and Federal court ruled against Davis
    .
    The people who claim there is evidence proving Davis is innocent do not understand the justice system. If witnesses recanted their testimony, it was apparently not enought to convince a federal appeals court. If there was more evidence later discovered that proved Davis innocent, then it must have been insufficient for the federal appeals system to consider it valid enough for another trial. Georgia had no part of the appeals.

    If you want to blame someone, blame the defense team and the organizations that botched his appeals; if there was REAL evidence. If there was as much evidence as everyone is yelling about, even a rookie defense lawyer would have been successful.

    Davis was executed 23 years after the crime was commited for which he was convicted. That's an inordinate amount of time for any agency that would be bent on killing him.

    I realise that some are angry and lash out for justice. When you do so, please have your facts straight and know what you are talking about. Not doing so just makes the overturn of the death penalty more difficult. Blaming racist and southern red necks is inflammatory and unethical.

    If you want to work against capital punishment, great. However, do your homework, make an intelligent contribution, understand that it is a difficult, up-hill battle and pick the right cases. Davis was not it – regardless of him being innocent or guilty.

  30. The establishment in the United States will never learn to respect human rights. It will continue to exploit the American people for its own interest. It is for the American people to bring about a change through its democratic process to reform its military, intelligence agencies and capitalists who have been exploiting the American people since long.

  31. It's depressing. I can only hope that Troy Davis's death has awakened some who were sleeping on this issue of killing people in our name – innocent or guilty. A man who undeniably committed a heinous hate crime in Texas was also killed by the State today, and while I felt no empathy for him, I condemn his execution all the same. I really feel for the family of officer MacPhail. My mother was murdered, and I have felt all kinds of ways about that over the past six years. But, I have searched my heart and I can truly say that having someone else killed for that crime could never make up for my mother's death and would only add to the horror and pain of it all. And I know my mother would think it was obscene. My heart goes out to everyone who has been the victim of violence and everyone who has had a life that leads them to the conclusion that violence is an answer. Love, love, love, people.

  32. Please let me offer my prayers for Troy Davis and his family, as well as for Officer Mark MacPhail and his family, as we learn the lesson once again that the only way to avoid the execution of the possibly innocent is to abolish the barbaric practice of capital punishment. As Russ Byrd, the son of murder victim James Byrd who died in a racially-motived lynching stated in opposing the execution of Lawrence Brewer, also killed under form of law last night, "You can't fight murder with murder." It's time that the U.S.A. followed the rest of the civilized world, from Canada and Mexico to the European Union to South Africa and Burundi and Kiribati. Abolition of the death penalty for all crimes is the one sovereign remedy for wrongful executions. Although my browser could not operate the button to sign the "Not in My Name" Pledge, I hereby take that pledge.

  33. If I can prove that this punishment is neither useful nor necessary, I will have furthered the cause of humanity.”
    Cesare Beccaria, Dei delitti e delle pene (1764)

  34. Thank you Amnesty for providing the voice and the outrage for those unable to do so for themselves. Someday, hopefully, we’ll be able to provide true “justice for all”, and stop committing murder.

  35. I agree entirely with D Spear. What about the justice for the husband and father that was brutally and cowardly shot by a thug with previous gun convictions. This 'thug' reaped what he sown albeit 23 years on. No mercy for killers no humanitarian applications should be applied.If they act like merciless animals then apply an eye for an eye. That is also written. Cowardly scumbags in a human suit. US Tax payers feed the scum for years and they bleed the system dry with their lack of ownership of their disgusting acts invoking appeals at great cost. A bullet to the head is cheap and effective. I know many people who would gladly pull the trigger in the name of the innocent victims families. No appeals no whinging and crying cowards. Be men for once you gun wheelding losers. 5 white and 7 black jurors convicted him. Get off the amnesty for scum retoric and padding out the rumour bull dust to endorse your agendas. Normal tax paying people are over it.

    punishment like men.

  36. I hope they’re proud down there in Georgia because now they can’t release what may be a possible mistaken conviction. Talk about burying your mistakes.

  37. Every once in a while there is an incident which wakes our moral duty. Troy Davis was one of them. Thank You Amnesty for educating the masses of injustice and Capital Punishment. Only countries that still use Capital Punishment are: Belarus · China (PRC) · Cuba · Egypt · India · Iran · Israel · Japan · Malaysia · Mongolia · North Korea · Pakistan · Saudi Arabia · Singapore · South Korea · Taiwan (ROC) · Tonga · United States · Vietnam

  38. Another mother has lost a son and to what end? I hope that the investigation continues. Justice can only be served by confirming the identity of the officer’s murderer and if it is not Troy Davis – there is no do-over for him, there is no restitution for his family and for the American people in who’s name these attrocities are committed.

    NOT IN MY NAME!!!!!!!! NOT IN MY NAME!!!!!!!! NOT IN MY NAME!!!!!!!!

  39. Absolutely sick and racist. Troy Anthony Davis is a symbol of the many who have suffered the same fate without so many eyes. This is not America

  40. This is a systematic racist and unjust means of “justice”…Troy Davis is a symbol of many many others who have suffered the same fate with fewer eyes

  41. Be astonished every time I read stories about death penalty. How is it possible for an occidental democracy continues keeping such a barbaric penalty? We fought against this foolish action, we lost. But our fight cannot stop with Troy Davis and we must try to explain all the people how is cruel and unfair for a State to condemn to the final punishment. No one has the right to kill people, nor a State in the name of the law. We’ll have Troy’s soul in our action, his mind in our thinking.

    Deborah ( Italy)

  42. I’am astonished everytime I read stories about death penalty. How is it possibile for an occidental democracy continues keeping such a barbarc panalty? We fought against this foolish action, we lost. But our fight cannot stop with Troy Davis and we must try to explain all the people how is cruel and unfair for a State to condamn to the final punishment. No one has the right to kill people, nor a State in the name of the law. We’ll have Troy’s soul in our action, his mind in our thinking.

  43. We should mourn for both executions of yesterday. I hate KKK with all my guts, but regardless of whether they were good or bad guys, nobody should be put to death by the State…

    What is wrong with America?

  44. Did any of you give thought to the servicemen that said they witnessed this. Also the family of the Policeman that was shot.
    Just what if he was guilty. 90% of death row inmates maintain they are not guilty.
    Just a thought some people might want to keep in mind.
    God sits in final Judgement.
    There will never be a fool proof justice system. People are involved.

  45. My husband and I wrote a letter of support to Troy back in 2009, just to reach out to let him know we were thinking of him and hoped that he’d be freed soon, or at least get another trial. We shared with him our happy news of the birth of our daughter, our first born.

    Amazingly, he wrote back. How many letters must he have gotten that month? He wrote back to congratulate us. We were so moved by his faith, his strength in the face of the horror of death row.

    We are heartbroken, as so many are. But his life touched so many, many lives. And his legacy will be the questioning of this system of ours that allows the termination of a life even when it is obvious that justice was not served. I also mourn the death of the other man executed this night, Lawrence Russell Brewer in Huntsville. What makes us think that we can act as God?

  46. I signed the pledge to work to abolish the death penalty. When I did so, a new web page invited me to link to organizations I could work with, or join. Mistakenly, I closed the webpage and now I can’t find it. Could someone post this page on this site, or could someone from AI email it to me? Thank you……

  47. Enough already! If you are against the death penalty then be against it. Do not make a hero or a martyr of this lousy rotton cop murdering piece of human debris. We are probably better off without him. The question is and remains Do we have the right to end his life?

  48. I signed the AI pledge to work to abolish the death penalty. When I did so, a new web page invited me to link to organizations I could work with, or join. Mistakenly, I closed the web page and now I can’t find it. Could someone post this page on this site, or could someone from AI email it to me? Thank you very much (many tears tonight)……

  49. I am still in shock and in disbelief for the disrespect of a human life. An innocent man died simply because of the color of his skin. Troy Davis is truely a symbol of all the things that we as people of color still need to overcome. My heart has never felt so heavy at the lost of a person I didn’t know. I pray that his family find strenght in the arms of the Almighty God so that they can deal with this ordeal. NOT IN MY NAME!!!! RIP in peace Mr. Troy Davis

  50. Please could you tell Troy Davis family and friends , all my thoughts are with him and with them and I will join them in thoughts during the requiem mass .
    I am a member of Amnesty International France and I cannot guess it is over now , I strongly believe in his guiltlessness over and above I fight against the death penalty in any case .
    I am horrified and very deaply disappointed by the US . They are definitly not the country of freedom and justice . I do not wish to visit this country one day !
    Goog luck !

  51. Rest in peace Troy Davis. Please click the link above and read his heartbreaking story. Please help us get a new trial for Paul by signing the petition on the link above. We need to free Paul and others that are innocent of these crimes http://www.Paulzumot.com

  52. I’m so sad and ashamed of our Country that allowed Troy to be killed, but that doesn’t mean the death penalty itself is wrong. A racist was rightfully put to death for the brutal murder of someone they didn’t agree with…and that death was righteous and deserved imo. But our system is broken and needs to be fixed nonetheless. Not by abolishing the death penalty, but by fixing how it is implemented. Should we really spend upwards of $1M+ on keeping cold blooded killers in prison for 30 yrs? I argue we just need more sanity in how things are carried out….we should never allow someone like Troy to suffer this again.

  53. It is so sad that Justice. Was not served for Troy Davis.
    With all the outrage,&evidence for a stay.Georgia did it .so much for a fair trial/appeal process. Having seen this in other contries I had hoped we would have more compassion to really know. For sure.
    To a end to excutions,forever.

  54. Are y’all going to pay the increased taxes that will be needed to build extra prisons and provide care for prisoners on life sentences. The justice system works. Stop screaming racism and concentrate on working in the communities that need correction. The youth is still our future and could be our stabbing murdering future with no fear of penalty

  55. @Jeffery Allen

    Calling Troy Davis a cop killer implies that you feel there was enough evidence to confirm his guilt.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/21/opinion/a-grievous-wrong-on-georgias-death-row.html?ref=troydavis

    “Seven of nine witnesses against Mr. Davis recanted after trial. Six said the police threatened them if they did not identify Mr. Davis. The man who first told the police that Mr. Davis was the shooter later confessed to the crime. There are other reasons to doubt Mr. Davis’s guilt: There was no physical evidence linking him to the crime introduced at trial, and new ballistics evidence broke the link between him and a previous shooting that provided the motive for his conviction.”

    I am against the death penalty and I also have questions about the guilt of Troy Davis.

  56. A shame on Obama, Georgia Supreme and those who think this is justice. Thank you to AI USA and all those who stood with Troy, Martina and the rest of the Davis family. This is a sad day and our thoughts and wishes are with those who now mourn a killing in the hands of the State. From Ireland

  57. Freedom starts at home. The USA is supposed to be the
    land of the free, The home of the brave. Tonight we saw
    that it is neither. Alongside the shattered illusion of the
    ability to achieve the American dream, we can include justice
    and liberty for all.

  58. Oh for God’s sake know the facts!! It is far more expensive for tax payers to keep an inmate on death row then house them for a life sentence. It requires a completely different kind of care and training than keeping someone in general population!

    The real fact’s are many innocent people have been killed and later to be found innocent. I don’t want that kind of blood on my hands..do you! There were so many holes in the case of Troy Davis it is sickening!! May he rest in peace, may the officials responsible for his death never rest well again!

  59. I cannot verify the innocence or the guilt of Troy Davis, but what I can say is that the justice system has failed and failed drastically. It is the job of our justice system to prove a man’s guilt beyond any shadow of a doubt and certainly not to execute a man whose guilt was becoming increasingly questioned. How they could possibly execute anyone amid such controversy without feeling the slightest bit of moral confliction is beyond me. All I know is that this instance sparks something within all of us that makes us question how we can improve a system that is supposed to be “By the people, for the people”.

  60. I don't know if Troy was guilty or innocent. I've never known and never will.
    However, I know I can't stand the thought of a State killing its citizens, no matter what.
    Shame on you, Georgia. Shame on you.

  61. It's sickening, but well done to Amnesty for such a fight. Have set up a donation to help the cause.

  62. BOYCOTT GEORGIA!!!! WHAT DIFFERENCE WOULD HAVE A FEW MORE DAYS MADE TO FULLY RESEARCH THE QUESTIONS. NOW THE ANSWERS WILL BE DISCOVERED AND GEORGIA WILL SUFFER GET HUMILIATION!

  63. Rest in peace Troy Davis. Please click the link above and read his heartbreaking story. Please help us get a new trial for Paul by signing the petition on the link above. We need to free Paul and others that are innocent of these crimes http://www.Paulzumot.com

  64. Rest in peace Troy Davis. Please click the link above and read his heartbreaking story. Please help us get a new trial for Paul by signing the petition on the link above. We need to free Paul and others that are innocent of these crimes http://www.Paulzumot.com

  65. Some people say that in some cases death penalty is the right thing. But the issue here is that noone has the right to murder another person! If we say that someone is more deserving to die, where do we draw the line?

  66. Troy was not alone and he knew that. He was murdered in his body but not in his heart.. Love to him so he can now feel protection and his last journey can be peaceful. No one should die that way: NO EXCUSE TO KILL!!

  67. Jeffrey Allen, the State should not have have the moral right to end a life when the person is not obviously the killer. If more than a shadow of a doubt exists, the sentence should not be death. Your characterization of the man 21 yrs ago does not reflect the man of today nor does it take in to account the odds that he was responsible for the murder. Would you say 20% – 60% that he was the murderer as the evidence stands today is more reasonable? The greater sin was not an ill-behaved 21-yr old Troy Davis. Your outrage is better directed at the powers that be that needed to find a sacrifice, any one of “them”, to pay for the death of a “fellow” law-enforcement officer. “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.”

    Jeffrey Allen Says:
    Do not make a hero or a martyr of this *&(*&( *&%%&% cop-$&^%$%^& piece of %^&^%* ^&*(*&^. We are probably better off without him. The question is and remains Do we have the right to end his life?

  68. This new has made me very sad – I grieve for Troy Davis

    What a rotten justice system …
    America proves again to be no more than a development country.

    America hands out unwanted/unneeded death penalties all over the world, via false flag operations, unnecessary wars, undercover operations, etc. Hate, violence and death penalty are certainly not the answer to any modern way of life; its like re-living the dark ages.When will we learn to be humane and nice to each other.

  69. I was unaware of this case till yesterday. (I don’t watch the news…ever.) My heart is grieved for both the families but today for the family of Troy Davis. May God be with you and comfort you during this time of sorrow. I hope that Troy’s death will not be in vain as to the injustice he received and others as well. I do hope for true justice to be served on the true killer. Thank you, Amnesty International, for the education I received tonight. I will be following this case to the end and other cases as well.

  70. The death penalty must be abolished in all US states. No civilised country in the 21st century should be allowed to murder people in this way. Casey Anthony (white, young, female) got away with it. The tragic and worrying point is that whoever really did shoot and kill that policeman has been living amongst the American people for the last twenty years. Nobody has any right to take a life, not murders/rapists/psychopaths and certainly not the US government. An absolute shambles of a country. I am so disappointed, sad and shocked at this barbaric, racist act. There is no justice in the USA.

  71. Wil Wheaton said it best:

    “I hope that, a future generation of Americans is as appalled that this country executed people as we are that it once endorsed slavery.”

  72. PS the saddest thing for me was to learn that 'President Obama cannot get involved in individual cases'. This is just the sort of thing he SHOULD be involved in. He could have stopped this miscarriage of justice. But he chose not to. I did not think he would, though, after having seen him watching film of the killing of Osama bin Laden. He never flinched. Very disappointing and very very sad indeed.

  73. @D. Spear – ok since you feel that you've stated "the facts" let's add common sense into this shall we? Let's start with the fact that that whole case was a he said she said affairs there was not sufficient evidence to either prove his guilt or innocence. Second, we're talking about a case where a black man allegedly killed a white man (yes he was a cop but off duty) during a time and place where racism was still very prevalent so that would certainly help with overturning/overlooking certain legal processes. Third, the police not once interrogated the pastor that convinced mr.davis to turn himself in which in itself is amazing that he did so willingly considering he could've been killed on sight by police as was "southern justice" back then with Texas being the last obvious example of such. Sure the pastor wasn't there but if he supposedly confessed his crime to the witnesses, the pastors story would be the same since he seemed to have a lot of trust in the pastor right? As of today he has been interviewed and the same question arose from his mouth. Oh and then let's go to the whole appeal process that you so seem to feel was fair. Let's put this in a simple perspective shall we? In a case in where the only evidence was from word of mouth and yet the majority of the so-called witnesses recanted their decision (7 of 9 out a total of 12) with one of them admitting guilt, by the sheer numbers of witnesses that basically turned their decision around you would be left with 10 people that thought he was not guilty and 2 that would keep the same verdict. With that said that should've been grounds for either further investigation or a retrial instead of trying to come up with long gone evidence which in most cases equates to physical evidence or a picture proving ones innocence which is bs considering the lack of evidence in the case in the first place (no DNA which sticks for a long time ? Really?). So to conclude my point, the facts are out there but like some would say there are so many holes in the available "facts" that it's despicable and disgraceful. I mean damn A former president even thought he was innocent so if a man who once held the highest seat of office even thinks the way this is being handled is wrong, our justice system seriously needs an long overdue overhaul. Oh and FYI it is also heresy to use ones history as a means of guilt which was obviously being held against him as what matters is what he did at the day of the crime and not his childhood or teenage years. my heart goes out to mr. Davis family and to the ones who saw this man fall in person, I hope you find your peace as one who has fought for my country knows that killing never gives anyone in the right mind "peace"

  74. Troy David rest in peace and my heartfelt condolances to his family and friends.

    Incredibly sad and deeply worrying that this takes place in the US
    who claims to be a leading democracy in 2011.

    Abolish capital punishment.

  75. I am also against the death penalty; becasue it is not consistence with God’s wishes. For you who call this a racists, I remind you that 7 of the 12 jurors were the same race as Davis. For those who say that Georgia was unfair in justice, they gave him 4 appeals and 3 stays of execution in order for him to prove innocence. The defense failed to do so on every occasion. This was in front of the US Federal Appeals System, not some country-hick kangaroo court with a fat, tobacco chewing Sheriff and a Judge dressed like Colonel Sanders,

    Under the instructions of the Supreme Court of the United States, a federal court reviewed the last appeal and found that there was no grounds to overturn the sentence. Three more appeals were granted and delays were provided by Georgia. All three were denied by the US Court of Appeals because of no additional grounds for appeal.

    Davis was convicted in 1989 of a crime committed in Aug 88. The evidence at the first trail was overwhelming with 9 eye witnesses to the shooting, two others that testified that Davis confessed the crime to them, and another (which was his co-defendent) who identifed Davis as the shooter. The victum was an off-duty police officer who was moonlighting as a Security Guard. When he tried to stop Davis & his co-defendent from pistol whipping a homeless man, Davis shot him twice; once in the heart and once in the face. The first shot was point blank as they struggled, the second after the victum fell to the ground. After the first shot, Davis stepped back several feet and shot him again. This appeared to the jurors as cold blooded and calculating. The statue for premediated murder is applicable for that second shot and therfore a capital murder.

    Earlier that evening, Davis had shot another victum in the face; he was a passenger in a car driving by. Davis was convicted a year earlier for a weapons violation. He was not as clean cut as his supporter describe him.

    The people claiming that it was because Davis is an African American are saying it because from bitterness and frustration; not any reasonable facts.

    The people claiming that the State of Georgia denied David justice are uninformed. Georgia went out of their way to give him other chances (5) and Federal court ruled against Davis
    .
    The people who claim there is evidence proving Davis is innocent do not understand the justice system. If witnesses recanted their testimony, it was apparently not enought to convince a federal appeals court. If there was more evidence later discovered that proved Davis innocent, then it must have been insufficient for the federal appeals system to consider it valid enough for another trial. Georgia had no part of the appeals.

    If you want to blame someone, blame the defense team and the organizations that botched his appeals; if there was REAL evidence. If there was as much evidence as everyone is yelling about, even a rookie defense lawyer would have been successful.

    Davis was executed 23 years after the crime was commited for which he was convicted. That’s an inordinate amount of time for any agency that would be bent on killing him.

    I realise that some are angry and lash out for justice. When you do so, please have your facts straight and know what you are talking about. Not doing so just makes the overturn of the death penalty more difficult. Blaming racist and southern red necks is inflammatory and unethical.

    If you want to work against capital punishment, great. However, do your homework, make an intelligent contribution, understand that it is a difficult, up-hill battle and pick the right cases. Davis was not it – regardless of him being innocent or guilty.

  76. “The fruit of my experience has this bitter aftertaste … Capital punishment, in my view, achieved nothing except revenge” – Albert Pierrepoint, 1974

  77. I wonder… What would the consensus be on a serial child rapist? Jail? For a lifetime? Please prison is a breeding and training ground for hardening criminals. It's like bootcamp for the wicked. It serves only to make greater more educated criminals. It's moral that I should struggle daily and face life on the precipice of poverty and homelessness while some criminal gets stability in prison on the taxes I'm struggling to pay? So they commit heinous acts but their punishment is to adjust to life in jail while the rest of us work our asses off and can barely make ends meet… No life for the guilty. The system needs revamping… Like not putting career criminals with shop litters and murders with gang members. All they do in prison is clique up and share ideas on how to do a job better the next time around. Here you all sit crying foul as if one person has defined an entire country whilst families suffer irreparable loss and pain. Let's focus on the changes that need to be made. If he was innocent the system would have worked as it has so many times before. The federal courts have no room for racism unless they are conspiring across the country so stop acting like it was the decision of one fat black hating bubba. His defense team were obviously dollar store material.

  78. The establishment in the United States will never learn to respect human rights. It will continue to exploit the American people for its own interest. It is for the American people to bring about a change through its democratic process to reform its military, intelligence agencies and capitalists who have been exploiting the American people since long.

  79. I wrote this in the early hours of the morning UK time
    May he rest in peace

    State of Residence

    Day after day
    Year after year,
    he waited.

    until

    on a date determined
    by his State of Residence
    he was taken
    from the clinical austerity
    of confinement

    and his life
    concluded.

  80. It’s depressing. I can only hope that Troy Davis’s death has awakened some who were sleeping on this issue of killing people in our name – innocent or guilty. A man who undeniably committed a heinous hate crime in Texas was also killed by the State today, and while I felt no empathy for him, I condemn his execution all the same. I really feel for the family of officer MacPhail. My mother was murdered, and I have felt all kinds of ways about that over the past six years. But, I have searched my heart and I can truly say that having someone else killed for that crime could never make up for my mother’s death and would only add to the horror and pain of it all. And I know my mother would think it was obscene. My heart goes out to everyone who has been the victim of violence and everyone who has had a life that leads them to the conclusion that violence is an answer. Love, love, love, people.

  81. Please let me offer my prayers for Troy Davis and his family, as well as for Officer Mark MacPhail and his family, as we learn the lesson once again that the only way to avoid the execution of the possibly innocent is to abolish the barbaric practice of capital punishment. As Russ Byrd, the son of murder victim James Byrd who died in a racially-motived lynching stated in opposing the execution of Lawrence Brewer, also killed under form of law last night, “You can’t fight murder with murder.” It’s time that the U.S.A. followed the rest of the civilized world, from Canada and Mexico to the European Union to South Africa and Burundi and Kiribati. Abolition of the death penalty for all crimes is the one sovereign remedy for wrongful executions. Although my browser could not operate the button to sign the “Not in My Name” Pledge, I hereby take that pledge.

  82. There are clear-cut cases where I think society benefits from the death penalty. I'm not referring to the penalty as a deterrent, but as an action that removes a human disease from the planet and brings closure for the family and friends of the victim(s).

    Yesterday's execution in Texas was an example of this.

    Troy Davis was not one of those cases.

    If the evidence is only circumstantial the ultimate penalty should not be applied.

  83. I was pro America & wanted to visit there! I am so disgusted! I don't want to know you Georgia!

  84. I agree entirely with D Spear. What about the justice for the husband and father that was brutally and cowardly shot by a thug with previous gun convictions. This ‘thug’ reaped what he sown albeit 23 years on. No mercy for killers no humanitarian applications should be applied.If they act like merciless animals then apply an eye for an eye. That is also written. Cowardly scumbags in a human suit. US Tax payers feed the scum for years and they bleed the system dry with their lack of ownership of their disgusting acts invoking appeals at great cost. A bullet to the head is cheap and effective. I know many people who would gladly pull the trigger in the name of the innocent victims families. No appeals no whinging and crying cowards. Be men for once you gun wheelding losers. 5 white and 7 black jurors convicted him. Get off the amnesty for scum retoric and padding out the rumour bull dust to endorse your agendas. Normal tax paying people are over it.

    punishment like men.

  85. The Troy Davis case appears to be a case of a white police officer being murdered in a Southern state and a convenient black man to pin the crime on.

    There should be a process for addressing this type of case.

  86. This single act yesterday upset me more than you know. It is s severe blight on Georgia's history, which already has quite a few. But it also reflects on the knd of people we are – and it doesn't put us in a good light. US is about one of the only civilied Western World countries that still have capital punishment. It is barbaric and too easily mistakes can be made as was made yesterdey,to Troy Davis. In fact, Those countries will not extradite felons back to the US if they face the death penalty. A travesty of justice has been done and my heart and prayers go out to Troy Davis' family. family.

  87. Be astonished every time I read stories about death penalty. How is it possible for an occidental democracy continues keeping such a barbaric penalty? We fought against this foolish action, we lost. But our fight cannot stop with Troy Davis and we must try to explain all the people how is cruel and unfair for a State to condemn to the final punishment. No one has the right to kill people, nor a State in the name of the law. We’ll have Troy’s soul in our action, his mind in our thinking.

    Deborah ( Italy)

  88. I’am astonished everytime I read stories about death penalty. How is it possibile for an occidental democracy continues keeping such a barbarc panalty? We fought against this foolish action, we lost. But our fight cannot stop with Troy Davis and we must try to explain all the people how is cruel and unfair for a State to condamn to the final punishment. No one has the right to kill people, nor a State in the name of the law. We’ll have Troy’s soul in our action, his mind in our thinking.

  89. We should mourn for both executions of yesterday. I hate KKK with all my guts, but regardless of whether they were good or bad guys, nobody should be put to death by the State…

    What is wrong with America?

  90. Did any of you give thought to the servicemen that said they witnessed this. Also the family of the Policeman that was shot.
    Just what if he was guilty. 90% of death row inmates maintain they are not guilty.
    Just a thought some people might want to keep in mind.
    God sits in final Judgement.
    There will never be a fool proof justice system. People are involved.

  91. To you people saying boycott Georgia, do not be ignorant. I live in Georgia and am just as outraged by this death as any of you. Do not be so presumptuous as to think the entire state of Georgia wanted this man's execution. It is a shameful thing to know my state allowed the wrongful death of Davis, but it was not the entire state who called for this execution.

  92. I was at the site for the execution of Lawrence Russell Brewer in Texas and there was no amnesty international protest….NONE……NONE……. YOU HYPOCRITES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  93. "It isn't perfect, but its the best system of justice we have." Alright, but a system that isn't perfect has no business being in the execution business. We at this moment in time are no better than countries who commit crimes against their citizens, we as a country have no moral leg to stand on about stamping out injustice around the world. Are we getting this? This could be anyone of us.

  94. Listen People….Do NOT make this a racist thing! It is and was NOT! It had NOTHING to do with the color of his skin! It was about our screwed up justice system! Myself, I don't know if he did it or not. But I do know there was enough doubt to give this man a new trial. There's nothing we can do for Mr. Davis now, But there IS something we can do in his name! Let me ask you this….Can a convicted Felon vote in the state of GA.? The answer is YES!!! The state of GA. teaches everyone, even in the schools, That once you are convicted of a felony you can NOT vote. But that is NOT TRUE!!! The law says that if you are not on probation or serving a sentence of any kind YOU CAN REGISTER TO VOTE!!! I hope someone in this organization reads this and helps me spread the word. You have enough people together already and can get ALOT more if they understand that they CAN vote even with a felony. Lets get together and vote ALL of the people OUT that wouldn't help or make a change!!!!

  95. MacPhail was working as a security guard at a Burger King restaurant when he intervened to defend a man being assaulted in a nearby parking lot. During Davis’ 1991 trial, witnesses testified they had seen Davis shoot MacPhail, and two others testified that Davis confessed to them. Although the murder weapon was not recovered, ballistic evidence presented at trial linked bullets recovered at or near the scene to those at another shooting in which Davis was also charged. Davis was convicted of murder and various lesser charges, including the earlier shooting, and was sentenced to death in August 1991.

    Davis sure sounds like a great man.

  96. Please could you tell Troy Davis family and friends , all my thoughts are with him and with them and I will join them in thoughts during the requiem mass .
    I am a member of Amnesty International France and I cannot guess it is over now , I strongly believe in his guiltlessness over and above I fight against the death penalty in any case .
    I am horrified and very deaply disappointed by the US . They are definitly not the country of freedom and justice . I do not wish to visit this country one day !
    Goog luck !

  97. Lrb..Richard M..Jason Gooljar….well said! Walt..Amnesty for honesty…D Spear…and Jeffrey Allen…its people like you who retard a positive growth process! I feel Troy Davis was innocent, but even if he were guilty, the 'Justice' system has no right to murder a man, especially when there was so much doubt….I am ashamed of you Nathan Deal, and of America…this was an extreme miscarriage of JUSTICE witnessed by the entire world. My heart goes out to Troy, his family, and the many others who are subject to this travesty of 'justice'. Nathan Deal and all you other politicians who support you, hang your heads..you are nothing but cur…your terms are up..you will never be re-elected, period!

  98. I completely agree that Troy Davis's killing was a miscarriage of justice. But you'll have to convince people who wanted to see Troy Davis's execution stopped yesterday that we should have also stopped Lawrence Russell Brewer's [ http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/21/us-texa... ]. What Brewer did was so ghastly, and yet we simply must oppose capital punishment for people who commit horrific crimes as much as for those who are innocent–if we really believe the death penalty must be abolished.

    That's a tougher sell. Good luck with the campaign.

  99. TROY DAVIS you are now a free man. Spread your wings & fly. I hope that the death of this innocent man really opens up the eyes of ALL black ppl. We had no rights then & we have no rights now. Thou shall not kill!!! What gives the judicial system to break those commandments?? God will punish you all. They had no legal evidence pointing Troy Davis to the murder of the officer, yet a black man, any black man had to pay the price. SMDH at this f@^%ked up white world we still live in. Yet in GA we have white cops entering an elderly black woman's house & shot her up but those fuckers get 8 fuckn years. PISSED!!!! We cant stand for this & we shouldnt continue to sit back and talk about it & not do anything about it. Its about time we stand up for our own rights cause it seems that our BLACK PRESIDENT don't care :(

  100. A shame on Obama, Georgia Supreme and those who think this is justice. Thank you to AI USA and all those who stood with Troy, Martina and the rest of the Davis family. This is a sad day and our thoughts and wishes are with those who now mourn a killing in the hands of the State. From Ireland

  101. I don’t know if Troy was guilty or innocent. I’ve never known and never will.
    However, I know I can’t stand the thought of a State killing its citizens, no matter what.
    Shame on you, Georgia. Shame on you.

  102. It’s sickening, but well done to Amnesty for such a fight. Have set up a donation to help the cause.

  103. To all you blind people who say our system worked in TROY DAVIS case, OPEN YOUR EYES. The court system in America is badly broken, when you have this much evidence that brings to question a mans innocence and you kill him anyway, our court system should be ashamed.

  104. Rest in peace Troy Davis. Please click the link above and read his heartbreaking story. Please help us get a new trial for Paul by signing the petition on the link above. We need to free Paul and others that are innocent of these crimes http://www.Paulzumot.com

  105. I completely agree that Troy Davis's killing was a miscarriage of justice. But you'll have to convince people who wanted to see Troy Davis's execution stopped yesterday that we should have also stopped Lawrence Russell Brewer's [ http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/21/us-texa... ]. What Brewer did was so ghastly, and yet we simply must oppose capital punishment for people who commit horrific crimes as much as for those who are innocent–if we really believe the death penalty must be abolished.

    That's a tougher sell. Good luck with the campaign.

  106. I completely agree that Troy Davis's killing was a miscarriage of justice. But you'll have to convince people who wanted to see Troy Davis's execution stopped yesterday that we should have also stopped Lawrence Russell Brewer's [ http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/21/us-texa... ]. What Brewer did was so ghastly, and yet we simply must oppose capital punishment for people who commit horrific crimes as much as for those who are innocent–if we really believe the death penalty must be abolished.

    That's a tougher sell. Good luck with the campaign.

  107. @ Jim Says: September 22nd, 2011 at 12:46 am

    - Don't be ashamed of the country; be ashamed of the citizens who continue to elect officials who are in favor of the death penalty. No one is to blame more than the people of Georgia.
    - To put someone to death costs a lot more money than keeping an inmate behind bars for 30+ years. http://deathpenalty.procon.org/view.answers.php?q

    For the record, I am against the death penalty for selfish reasons; I feel a person who is killed gets off easy. Take away all their rights and make them live in solitary confinement for the rest of their life. That's worse than any other punishment.

  108. It's sad too see the system fail yet again another blackman/minority.. What is really troubling is where is our president in all this.. Obama didn't step up.. He just lost my vote and the vote of my entire family.. Troy may you rest in peace. Fly with the angels.

  109. We all tried our best, Prayed hard yet Troy lost his fight with the American "unjustice" system. You will always be in my Prayers Troy. God Bless you and your family and love ones.

    Please, I ask you all for your help in my friends case. Please read his story and show support by signing his petition so he can get a new fair trial.
    http://www.Paulzumot.com

  110. This new has made me very sad – I grieve for Troy Davis

    What a rotten justice system …
    America proves again to be no more than a development country.

    America hands out unwanted/unneeded death penalties all over the world, via false flag operations, unnecessary wars, undercover operations, etc. Hate, violence and death penalty are certainly not the answer to any modern way of life; its like re-living the dark ages.When will we learn to be humane and nice to each other.

  111. The death penalty must be abolished in all US states. No civilised country in the 21st century should be allowed to murder people in this way. Casey Anthony (white, young, female) got away with it. The tragic and worrying point is that whoever really did shoot and kill that policeman has been living amongst the American people for the last twenty years. Nobody has any right to take a life, not murders/rapists/psychopaths and certainly not the US government. An absolute shambles of a country. I am so disappointed, sad and shocked at this barbaric, racist act. There is no justice in the USA.

  112. We have to make sure that he did not die in vain. We have to continue to fight for justice on his behalf. We have to show them that by killing him they can't just make us go away. We are still here and WE ARE TROY DAVIS.

  113. PS the saddest thing for me was to learn that ‘President Obama cannot get involved in individual cases’. This is just the sort of thing he SHOULD be involved in. He could have stopped this miscarriage of justice. But he chose not to. I did not think he would, though, after having seen him watching film of the killing of Osama bin Laden. He never flinched. Very disappointing and very very sad indeed.

  114. I hope that the death of Troy Davis does not stop the fight on his behalf. Usually when a prisoner is executed most rights groups go away and fight for the next prisoner. While the death penalty is wrong the execution of Troy Davis was even more wrong because of overwhelming evidence that he could have been innocent (At least 138 people have been found to be innocent after their executions since 1976 in the US). There must now be justice for Troy Davis as well. Murder is defined as the malicious killing of an innocent human being. Who do we charge with this murder? The warden? The doctor who administered the chemicals? The judges who refused his appeals? I would hope someone would continue to gather evidence and prove the evidence via civil trial against the State of Georgia. For those of you crying about time to present the new evidence, you can only appeal a verdict based on errors in the trial that were made by the court not to present new evidence. Lastly those who cry about building prisons to house prisoners check your facts, it costs more after the appeals, security at the prison etc to execute a man than it does to house a man for 50 years.
    RIP Troy Davis

  115. It deeply hurt my heart to hear that Troy Davis was executed. To his family, especially his sister, I'm so sorry. Before I prayed for Troy now I pray for you. To AIUSA staff and volunteers thank you. Thank you for working on this for many years and teaching everyone how horrible the death penalty is.

    Laws need to be changed so this does not happen again. We must continue to fight.

  116. @Tash1228, Because of the way our government works, there is such thing as separation of powers, and Obama COULD NOT do anything about it. I'm sure if he could have, he would have.

  117. @D. Spear – ok since you feel that you’ve stated “the facts” let’s add common sense into this shall we? Let’s start with the fact that that whole case was a he said she said affairs there was not sufficient evidence to either prove his guilt or innocence. Second, we’re talking about a case where a black man allegedly killed a white man (yes he was a cop but off duty) during a time and place where racism was still very prevalent so that would certainly help with overturning/overlooking certain legal processes. Third, the police not once interrogated the pastor that convinced mr.davis to turn himself in which in itself is amazing that he did so willingly considering he could’ve been killed on sight by police as was “southern justice” back then with Texas being the last obvious example of such. Sure the pastor wasn’t there but if he supposedly confessed his crime to the witnesses, the pastors story would be the same since he seemed to have a lot of trust in the pastor right? As of today he has been interviewed and the same question arose from his mouth. Oh and then let’s go to the whole appeal process that you so seem to feel was fair. Let’s put this in a simple perspective shall we? In a case in where the only evidence was from word of mouth and yet the majority of the so-called witnesses recanted their decision (7 of 9 out a total of 12) with one of them admitting guilt, by the sheer numbers of witnesses that basically turned their decision around you would be left with 10 people that thought he was not guilty and 2 that would keep the same verdict. With that said that should’ve been grounds for either further investigation or a retrial instead of trying to come up with long gone evidence which in most cases equates to physical evidence or a picture proving ones innocence which is bs considering the lack of evidence in the case in the first place (no DNA which sticks for a long time ? Really?). So to conclude my point, the facts are out there but like some would say there are so many holes in the available “facts” that it’s despicable and disgraceful. I mean damn A former president even thought he was innocent so if a man who once held the highest seat of office even thinks the way this is being handled is wrong, our justice system seriously needs an long overdue overhaul. Oh and FYI it is also heresy to use ones history as a means of guilt which was obviously being held against him as what matters is what he did at the day of the crime and not his childhood or teenage years. my heart goes out to mr. Davis family and to the ones who saw this man fall in person, I hope you find your peace as one who has fought for my country knows that killing never gives anyone in the right mind “peace”

  118. I wonder… What would the consensus be on a serial child rapist? Jail? For a lifetime? Please prison is a breeding and training ground for hardening criminals. It’s like bootcamp for the wicked. It serves only to make greater more educated criminals. It’s moral that I should struggle daily and face life on the precipice of poverty and homelessness while some criminal gets stability in prison on the taxes I’m struggling to pay? So they commit heinous acts but their punishment is to adjust to life in jail while the rest of us work our asses off and can barely make ends meet… No life for the guilty. The system needs revamping… Like not putting career criminals with shop litters and murders with gang members. All they do in prison is clique up and share ideas on how to do a job better the next time around. Here you all sit crying foul as if one person has defined an entire country whilst families suffer irreparable loss and pain. Let’s focus on the changes that need to be made. If he was innocent the system would have worked as it has so many times before. The federal courts have no room for racism unless they are conspiring across the country so stop acting like it was the decision of one fat black hating bubba. His defense team were obviously dollar store material.

  119. Good idea. Let's abolish the death penalty so the criminals in our country can live in luxury on our dollars. Good plan.

  120. @Catherine, I understand how the government works, but at the end of the day Obama stepping up as a president and showing his supporters he cared would have made a hell of a difference. Our president made the decision to play Switzerland in all this and it's sad.

  121. Any reason why you're not equally outraged at the execution of white supremacist Lawrence Brewer which occurred in Texas on the same day? Where's the blog post for that incident?

  122. @ Jim Says: September 22nd, 2011 at 12:46 am

    - Don't be ashamed of the country; be ashamed of the citizens who continue to elect officials who are in favor of the death penalty. No one is to blame more than the people of Georgia.
    - To put someone to death costs a lot more money than keeping an inmate behind bars for 30+ years. http://deathpenalty.procon.org/view.answers.php?q

    For the record, I am against the death penalty for selfish reasons; I feel a person who is killed gets off easy. Take away all their rights and make them live in solitary confinement for the rest of their life. That's worse than any other punishment.

  123. @ Jim Says: September 22nd, 2011 at 12:46 am

    - Don't be ashamed of the country; be ashamed of the citizens who continue to elect officials who are in favor of the death penalty. No one is to blame more than the people of Georgia.
    - To put someone to death costs a lot more money than keeping an inmate behind bars for 30+ years. http://deathpenalty.procon.org/view.answers.php?q

    For the record, I am against the death penalty for selfish reasons; I feel a person who is killed gets off easy. Take away all their rights and make them live in solitary confinement for the rest of their life. That's worse than any other punishment.

  124. I spent four years working on a documentary about families of death row inmates, and anyone who examines the death penalty closely will realize very quickly that it is a grotesque practice that accomplishes nothing.

    Here is a link is the link to a sample reel I made about a 17 year old who witnessed his father's electrocution:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9pKa0IhtjI

  125. We all tried our best, Prayed hard yet Troy lost his fight with the American "unjustice" system. You will always be in my Prayers Troy. God Bless you and your family and love ones.

    Please, I ask you all for your help in my friends case. Please read his story and show support by signing his petition so he can get a new fair trial.
    http://www.Paulzumot.com

  126. We all tried our best, Prayed hard yet Troy lost his fight with the American "unjustice" system. You will always be in my Prayers Troy. God Bless you and your family and love ones.

    Please, I ask you all for your help in my friends case. Please read his story and show support by signing his petition so he can get a new fair trial.
    http://www.Paulzumot.com

  127. TAKE ACTION:

    CALL office of NATHAN DEAL to (firmly but not abusively) expressive repugnance at what has happened. 404 6561776. A person (not a machine) answers. Remember – she is not the one to get angry with – just make the point, it's effective.

  128. Condolences to the fam.If we want to change the laws we must first change ourselves.Racism is alive and well in ALL of us in different ways..Racism is a form of discrimination.Ask yourself this….Do you accept everyone regardless of race,creed,religion or sexual preference?…That being said it doesn't surprise me that an African American was innocently executed in the south…

  129. I wrote this in the early hours of the morning UK time
    May he rest in peace

    State of Residence

    Day after day
    Year after year,
    he waited.

    until

    on a date determined
    by his State of Residence
    he was taken
    from the clinical austerity
    of confinement

    and his life
    concluded.

  130. @TASH1228 No Obama couldnt do nothing about it but as a black man he could have stepped up & said something. He dnt have to show up to show out but with the vote of the president a lot of change would have happened. We voted that black man in to make a difference and no justice for the black ppl still isnt served. Obama will not have the vote of the black ppl, Clinton was more black than he was!!!!

  131. Without fail, the justice system will at times fail.

    To ensure that the frailties of the system never take away the life of an innocent person, executions must be immediately and permanently stopped.

  132. There are clear-cut cases where I think society benefits from the death penalty. I’m not referring to the penalty as a deterrent, but as an action that removes a human disease from the planet and brings closure for the family and friends of the victim(s).

    Yesterday’s execution in Texas was an example of this.

    Troy Davis was not one of those cases.

    If the evidence is only circumstantial the ultimate penalty should not be applied.

  133. I was pro America & wanted to visit there! I am so disgusted! I don’t want to know you Georgia!

  134. The Troy Davis case appears to be a case of a white police officer being murdered in a Southern state and a convenient black man to pin the crime on.

    There should be a process for addressing this type of case.

  135. This single act yesterday upset me more than you know. It is s severe blight on Georgia’s history, which already has quite a few. But it also reflects on the knd of people we are – and it doesn’t put us in a good light. US is about one of the only civilied Western World countries that still have capital punishment. It is barbaric and too easily mistakes can be made as was made yesterdey,to Troy Davis. In fact, Those countries will not extradite felons back to the US if they face the death penalty. A travesty of justice has been done and my heart and prayers go out to Troy Davis’ family. family.

  136. @Jay
    Firstly, the cost of life imprisonment is actually considerably lower than the cost of death penalty…check your facts:
    http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/issues/death-p

    Secondly, statistically, states with death penalty actually have a consitstenly HIGHER murder rate than states without. The practice of death penalty is clearly not effective, therefore it is senseless. Again, check your facts:
    http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/issues/death-p

    Third, is taking one's life REALLY a good way to send the "Don't Kill People" message? And who is ANY human to take the God-like power of assigning life or death, into their own hands?

  137. I spent four years working on a documentary about families of death row inmates, and anyone who examines the death penalty closely will realize very quickly that it is a grotesque practice that accomplishes nothing.

    Here is a link is the link to a sample reel I made about a 17 year old who witnessed his father's electrocution:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9pKa0IhtjI

  138. I spent four years working on a documentary about families of death row inmates, and anyone who examines the death penalty closely will realize very quickly that it is a grotesque practice that accomplishes nothing.

    Here is a link is the link to a sample reel I made about a 17 year old who witnessed his father's electrocution:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9pKa0IhtjI

  139. Not in my name!

    My daughter called me from JAPAN (I am in England) to say people were on the streets wearing t-shirts with the logo 'Not in my name!'

    We feel very sad for the family, friends and supporters of Troy, but we know his spirit is safe, alive and well now.

    He isn't the first and he won't be the last, until the people of Atlanta wake up

    The death penalty? Not in my name – EVER!

  140. Troy Davis was accorded due process. Right or wrong result, due process is all anyone gets from the government in the American Judicial System.

  141. To you people saying boycott Georgia, do not be ignorant. I live in Georgia and am just as outraged by this death as any of you. Do not be so presumptuous as to think the entire state of Georgia wanted this man’s execution. It is a shameful thing to know my state allowed the wrongful death of Davis, but it was not the entire state who called for this execution.

  142. He got justice. This is the way to get rid of evil people. If we did what most of you suggest we would be living in a horrible world: roving gangs, murder on every street. People must be held accountable for their actions.
    I am also amazed that most of you (91%) who don't believe in the death penalty do believe that abortion is okay. That is weird. You won't terminate a person convicted of a horrible crime, but it's all right to kill a baby.

  143. I was at the site for the execution of Lawrence Russell Brewer in Texas and there was no amnesty international protest….NONE……NONE……. YOU HYPOCRITES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  144. “It isn’t perfect, but its the best system of justice we have.” Alright, but a system that isn’t perfect has no business being in the execution business. We at this moment in time are no better than countries who commit crimes against their citizens, we as a country have no moral leg to stand on about stamping out injustice around the world. Are we getting this? This could be anyone of us.

  145. Listen People….Do NOT make this a racist thing! It is and was NOT! It had NOTHING to do with the color of his skin! It was about our screwed up justice system! Myself, I don’t know if he did it or not. But I do know there was enough doubt to give this man a new trial. There’s nothing we can do for Mr. Davis now, But there IS something we can do in his name! Let me ask you this….Can a convicted Felon vote in the state of GA.? The answer is YES!!! The state of GA. teaches everyone, even in the schools, That once you are convicted of a felony you can NOT vote. But that is NOT TRUE!!! The law says that if you are not on probation or serving a sentence of any kind YOU CAN REGISTER TO VOTE!!! I hope someone in this organization reads this and helps me spread the word. You have enough people together already and can get ALOT more if they understand that they CAN vote even with a felony. Lets get together and vote ALL of the people OUT that wouldn’t help or make a change!!!!

  146. Is there any reason why you’re not outraged at the execution of white supremacist Lawrence Brewer which occurred in Texas on the same day???????????????????????????????

  147. MacPhail was working as a security guard at a Burger King restaurant when he intervened to defend a man being assaulted in a nearby parking lot. During Davis’ 1991 trial, witnesses testified they had seen Davis shoot MacPhail, and two others testified that Davis confessed to them. Although the murder weapon was not recovered, ballistic evidence presented at trial linked bullets recovered at or near the scene to those at another shooting in which Davis was also charged. Davis was convicted of murder and various lesser charges, including the earlier shooting, and was sentenced to death in August 1991.

    Davis sure sounds like a great man.

  148. Lrb..Richard M..Jason Gooljar….well said! Walt..Amnesty for honesty…D Spear…and Jeffrey Allen…its people like you who retard a positive growth process! I feel Troy Davis was innocent, but even if he were guilty, the ‘Justice’ system has no right to murder a man, especially when there was so much doubt….I am ashamed of you Nathan Deal, and of America…this was an extreme miscarriage of JUSTICE witnessed by the entire world. My heart goes out to Troy, his family, and the many others who are subject to this travesty of ‘justice’. Nathan Deal and all you other politicians who support you, hang your heads..you are nothing but cur…your terms are up..you will never be re-elected, period!

  149. @Jay
    Firstly, the cost of life imprisonment is actually considerably lower than the cost of death penalty…check your facts:
    http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/issues/death-p

    Secondly, statistically, states with death penalty actually have a consitstenly HIGHER murder rate than states without. The practice of death penalty is clearly not effective, therefore it is senseless. Again, check your facts:
    http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/issues/death-p

    Third, is taking one's life REALLY a good way to send the "Don't Kill People" message? And who is ANY human to take the God-like power of assigning life or death, into their own hands?

  150. @Jay
    Firstly, the cost of life imprisonment is actually considerably lower than the cost of death penalty…check your facts:
    http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/issues/death-p

    Secondly, statistically, states with death penalty actually have a consitstenly HIGHER murder rate than states without. The practice of death penalty is clearly not effective, therefore it is senseless. Again, check your facts:
    http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/issues/death-p

    Third, is taking one's life REALLY a good way to send the "Don't Kill People" message? And who is ANY human to take the God-like power of assigning life or death, into their own hands?

  151. @Ed

    Oh he got J.U.S.T.I.C.E. alright..J.U.S.T.I.C.E=Judged Unfairly So That Ignorance Could Endure.

  152. TROY DAVIS you are now a free man. Spread your wings & fly. I hope that the death of this innocent man really opens up the eyes of ALL black ppl. We had no rights then & we have no rights now. Thou shall not kill!!! What gives the judicial system to break those commandments?? God will punish you all. They had no legal evidence pointing Troy Davis to the murder of the officer, yet a black man, any black man had to pay the price. SMDH at this f@^%ked up white world we still live in. Yet in GA we have white cops entering an elderly black woman’s house & shot her up but those fuckers get 8 fuckn years. PISSED!!!! We cant stand for this & we shouldnt continue to sit back and talk about it & not do anything about it. Its about time we stand up for our own rights cause it seems that our BLACK PRESIDENT don’t care :(

  153. Okay Mandie,

    Should we have not hung and executed all of the Germans who implemented the death camps? There are thousands of others who have deserved to die through the years because they were very evil people.

    Also I believe, and I think most God fearing people believe, that God wants us to protect our families and communities from evil people. And that he approves of erasing evil from the face of his earth.

  154. To all you blind people who say our system worked in TROY DAVIS case, OPEN YOUR EYES. The court system in America is badly broken, when you have this much evidence that brings to question a mans innocence and you kill him anyway, our court system should be ashamed.

  155. I completely agree that Troy Davis’s killing was a miscarriage of justice. But you’ll have to convince people who wanted to see Troy Davis’s execution stopped yesterday that we should have also stopped Lawrence Russell Brewer’s [ http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/21/us-texas-execution-son-idUSTRE78K35B20110921 ]. What Brewer did was so ghastly, and yet we simply must oppose capital punishment for people who commit horrific crimes as much as for those who are innocent–if we really believe the death penalty must be abolished.

    That’s a tougher sell. Good luck with the campaign.

  156. It’s sad too see the system fail yet again another blackman/minority.. What is really troubling is where is our president in all this.. Obama didn’t step up.. He just lost my vote and the vote of my entire family.. Troy may you rest in peace. Fly with the angels.

  157. We have to make sure that he did not die in vain. We have to continue to fight for justice on his behalf. We have to show them that by killing him they can’t just make us go away. We are still here and WE ARE TROY DAVIS.

  158. I hope that the death of Troy Davis does not stop the fight on his behalf. Usually when a prisoner is executed most rights groups go away and fight for the next prisoner. While the death penalty is wrong the execution of Troy Davis was even more wrong because of overwhelming evidence that he could have been innocent (At least 138 people have been found to be innocent after their executions since 1976 in the US). There must now be justice for Troy Davis as well. Murder is defined as the malicious killing of an innocent human being. Who do we charge with this murder? The warden? The doctor who administered the chemicals? The judges who refused his appeals? I would hope someone would continue to gather evidence and prove the evidence via civil trial against the State of Georgia. For those of you crying about time to present the new evidence, you can only appeal a verdict based on errors in the trial that were made by the court not to present new evidence. Lastly those who cry about building prisons to house prisoners check your facts, it costs more after the appeals, security at the prison etc to execute a man than it does to house a man for 50 years.
    RIP Troy Davis

  159. It deeply hurt my heart to hear that Troy Davis was executed. To his family, especially his sister, I’m so sorry. Before I prayed for Troy now I pray for you. To AIUSA staff and volunteers thank you. Thank you for working on this for many years and teaching everyone how horrible the death penalty is.

    Laws need to be changed so this does not happen again. We must continue to fight.

  160. OUR SYSTEM IS REALLY SCREWD UP!!! YOU SEND THE WRONG PERSON TO JAIL FOR MURDER AND THEN THE STATE TURNS AROUND AND MURDER AND THAT'S WHAT THEY CALL JUSTICE!SOMETHING IS WRONG! THE COP'S FAMILY SAY THEY NOW HAVE PEACE. HOW CAN YOU HAVE PEACE WHEN YOU HAVE THE WRONG PERSON. AND WHEN THE TRUTH COME'S OUT THERE WILL BE NO PEACE BECAUSE THEY WILL HAVE TO CARRY THE GUILT IF THEY HAVE A HEART OF THE WRONG PERSON BEING EXECUTED AND THEN THEY WILL STILL HAVE TO LIVE WITH THE TRUE FACT THAT THE MURDER DID NOT COME FORWARD AND SO THEY ARE STILL OUT THERE. AND THAT PERSON WILL NOT HAVE PEACE EITHER HOW COULD YOU KNOW YOU DID SOMETHING WRONG AND LET THE WRONG PERSON DO THE TIME FOR YOUR CRIME!!! ITS A SAD SITUATION I DID NOT KNOW TROY DAVIS BUT IT MADE ME CRY!! BECAUSE THIS IS NON-SENSE!!!

  161. @Tash1228, Because of the way our government works, there is such thing as separation of powers, and Obama COULD NOT do anything about it. I’m sure if he could have, he would have.

  162. Good idea. Let’s abolish the death penalty so the criminals in our country can live in luxury on our dollars. Good plan.

  163. @Catherine, I understand how the government works, but at the end of the day Obama stepping up as a president and showing his supporters he cared would have made a hell of a difference. Our president made the decision to play Switzerland in all this and it’s sad.

  164. Any reason why you’re not equally outraged at the execution of white supremacist Lawrence Brewer which occurred in Texas on the same day? Where’s the blog post for that incident?

  165. FUCK THE AMERICAN GOVERMENT!
    AMERICAN SOLDIERS ARE KILLING ALL OVER THE WORLD, THE AMERICAN GOVERMENT IS KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE LIKE TROY.
    THE AMERICAN GOVERMENT WANT TO DICTATE OTHER PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD…I HATE THIS OFFICIAL MURDERS AND I HOPE THAT ESPECIALLY THE GOVERMENT OF GEORGIA WILL SLOWLY DIE SOON.

    I WILL NEVER VISIT A STATE LIKE THE USA! ACAB!

    BEST REGARDS FROM GERMANY!

  166. @ Jim Says: September 22nd, 2011 at 12:46 am

    - Don’t be ashamed of the country; be ashamed of the citizens who continue to elect officials who are in favor of the death penalty. No one is to blame more than the people of Georgia.
    - To put someone to death costs a lot more money than keeping an inmate behind bars for 30+ years.
    http://deathpenalty.procon.org/view.answers.php?questionID=001000

    For the record, I am against the death penalty for selfish reasons; I feel a person who is killed gets off easy. Take away all their rights and make them live in solitary confinement for the rest of their life. That’s worse than any other punishment.

  167. We all tried our best, Prayed hard yet Troy lost his fight with the American “unjustice” system. You will always be in my Prayers Troy. God Bless you and your family and love ones.

    Please, I ask you all for your help in my friends case. Please read his story and show support by signing his petition so he can get a new fair trial.

    http://www.Paulzumot.com

  168. TAKE ACTION:

    CALL office of NATHAN DEAL to (firmly but not abusively) expressive repugnance at what has happened. 404 6561776. A person (not a machine) answers. Remember – she is not the one to get angry with – just make the point, it’s effective.

  169. Condolences to the fam.If we want to change the laws we must first change ourselves.Racism is alive and well in ALL of us in different ways..Racism is a form of discrimination.Ask yourself this….Do you accept everyone regardless of race,creed,religion or sexual preference?…That being said it doesn’t surprise me that an African American was innocently executed in the south…

  170. @TASH1228 No Obama couldnt do nothing about it but as a black man he could have stepped up & said something. He dnt have to show up to show out but with the vote of the president a lot of change would have happened. We voted that black man in to make a difference and no justice for the black ppl still isnt served. Obama will not have the vote of the black ppl, Clinton was more black than he was!!!!

  171. Without fail, the justice system will at times fail.

    To ensure that the frailties of the system never take away the life of an innocent person, executions must be immediately and permanently stopped.

  172. ITS NOT OKAY FOR ABORTIONS, WAR IS NOT OKAY, DEATH PENALTY IS NOT OKAY. GOD GAVE NOONE NOT EVEN THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM THE RIGHT TO DECIDE LIFE. ALL PRESIDENTS THAT FORCES WAR IS GOING TO HELL. EVERYONE WITHIN THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM THAT'S FOR THE DEATH PENALTY IS GOING TO HELL. KILLING AN UNBORN CHILD NO MATTER HOW YOU SEE IT NO MATTER THE SITUATION IS WRONG WRONG WRONG. STEFAN GERMANY IS FULL OF NAZI SO HOW DIFFERENT ARE YALL?? YALL JUS AS WORST!!!

  173. Stefan,

    The most evil people that ever walked the earth were Germans. In the recorded history of the world no race of people have ever "killed" as many humans as your people did. In my opinion Germany should have been punished for at least 100 years for what they did!
    Ask your kin that lived through it, and they'll tell you that evil people are like a cancer and must be eliminated!

  174. I spent four years working on a documentary about families of death row inmates, and anyone who examines the death penalty closely will realize very quickly that it is a grotesque practice that accomplishes nothing.

    Here is a link is the link to a sample reel I made about a 17 year old who witnessed his father’s electrocution:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9pKa0IhtjI

  175. Not in my name!

    My daughter called me from JAPAN (I am in England) to say people were on the streets wearing t-shirts with the logo ‘Not in my name!’

    We feel very sad for the family, friends and supporters of Troy, but we know his spirit is safe, alive and well now.

    He isn’t the first and he won’t be the last, until the people of Atlanta wake up

    The death penalty? Not in my name – EVER!

  176. Dear Troy, you will be remembered. The grace with which you have carried yourself all of the way to the end has left a mark on me that I will never forget. Above all, that is what I will take from this tragedy. It is hard not to fill with hatred for those responsible and desire for revenge; but I know that I can rise above it, because you did, for all of us to see.

    Dear Amnesty leadership and fellow members, please keep your spirits up and the pressure on. The death penalty truly is disappearing from this world. With great leadership and cooperation, we can hasten its eradication. Troy's case has presented us with an extraordinary opportunity. There is momentum. There is a sense of urgency. Don't waste it. If Troy lit a fire in you, stoke it. Find others who share your spirit. Support one another. Now. There is no time to waste.

  177. Troy Davis was accorded due process. Right or wrong result, due process is all anyone gets from the government in the American Judicial System.

  178. He got justice. This is the way to get rid of evil people. If we did what most of you suggest we would be living in a horrible world: roving gangs, murder on every street. People must be held accountable for their actions.
    I am also amazed that most of you (91%) who don’t believe in the death penalty do believe that abortion is okay. That is weird. You won’t terminate a person convicted of a horrible crime, but it’s all right to kill a baby.

  179. As an English woman, I found it absolutely astonishing that the death penalty still exists in the USA. Is Georgia predominantly Republican? I just don't understand how such barbaric behaviour is considered acceptable. How can a country such as the USA condemn fascist dictatorships yet fail to provide a fair and democratic justice system for its own citizens? Riddled with hypocrisy.
    I woke up at 4am (British Standard Time), checked Twitter and learned that the execution process had, after a 4 hour delay, just commenced. I was physically sickened. Legalised murder.

  180. And more! Your fucking America you think it free – no non-free. Your government wants to conquer the world! But Russia will never take my bare hands. That's what I mean. Your government is no different from the communist system.

  181. What on earth is happening to the U.S.
    There is so much hatred again people other than yourselves. We hate this we hate that. Where has compasion ffor one an other gone. It seems to me that anything that wants to be equal to all humane beings is kept down where the general population thinks they should be. We are all created equal. Killing one person is bad enough, but killing others for reasonable doubt is murder.
    I really wonder if this was your family you would be thinking differantly. What if it could have been proven that he was inocent then what. He could not have changed his skin but as a person of color,gay and latino I have seen the prejudice from all sides. It happens in our work places and schools.Why? because there are so many people who think of themselves above against anything that goes above thier beliefs. One day you will be judged and put to die and will you say him not me.
    Lets show compasion and not hate. We are all in this together.

  182. Is there any reason why you’re not outraged at the execution of white supremacist Lawrence Brewer which occurred in Texas on the same day???????????????????????????????

  183. "Stefan,

    The most evil people that ever walked the earth were Germans. In the recorded history of the world no race of people have ever “killed” as many humans as your people did. In my opinion Germany should have been punished for at least 100 years for what they did!
    Ask your kin that lived through it, and they’ll tell you that evil people are like a cancer and must be eliminated!"

    Ed – you are a fucking idiot.

  184. @Jay
    Firstly, the cost of life imprisonment is actually considerably lower than the cost of death penalty…check your facts:

    http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/issues/death-penalty/us-death-penalty-facts/death-penalty-cost

    Secondly, statistically, states with death penalty actually have a consitstenly HIGHER murder rate than states without. The practice of death penalty is clearly not effective, therefore it is senseless. Again, check your facts:

    http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/issues/death-penalty/us-death-penalty-facts/death-penalty-cost

    Third, is taking one’s life REALLY a good way to send the “Don’t Kill People” message? And who is ANY human to take the God-like power of assigning life or death, into their own hands?

  185. Well – such anger, such hatred! I am amazed. Evil only exists in the minds of those who want to believe in it.

    If I want peace, it must begin with me.

    Oh,by the way, German people, in my experience, are lovely. Every person I ever meet is the same – I expect them to be so – and they are.

    Love and happiness to all. Farewell.

  186. I am no expert and will not claim to be. I understand that human life is not disposable, not something merely to dangle in front of a man's eyes over all these years. I do not know much about the case, except that there has been a lot of media attention. Many of you are quick to say that this man is innocent. Maybe he was. Maybe he was not. So many are quick to crap on the American Justice system. I agree there are many flaws, that mistakes have been made over the years. But, what I do know is that appeal after appeal after appeal, there was no evidence of this man's innocence to yield a retrial, regardless of his and many others, believing him to be. The death penalty is not taken lightly, and there must have been an overwhelming belief/evidence to persecute this man and sentence him to his ultimate death. I am so tired of hearing people defend people who are found guilty of killing others. I don't care that the man he shot and killed was a cop–he was a human being, and that life was taken. His life was not disposable. People say that the witnesses claiming Davis shot MacPhail were coerced. Really? Now they're saying that? I wonder why that is. Possibly due to the case's immense popularity. It's so easy to blame the tragic and doomed American Justice system. Well, unlike many of you, I do have faith in the justice system. These criminals (although I can't say every single one in prison is rightly there) deserve to be in jail and I'm glad that they are. I'm glad that the worst of the worst are behind bars and will never have the freedoms, which make this country so great, ever again. Or possibly extend their lives beyond these bars. I don't want a murderer, or any other convicted criminal, on the streets to endanger my life, the ones I love, or any one else for that matter. I feel safe at night knowing the my neighborhood is safe for murderes, kidnappers, rapists, etc. But yet, so many of you stand by this convicted murderer and claim that the system is corrupt. I sometimes wonder why people defend those who have been found on numerous occasions to be guilty. Maybe he deserved another trail. But maybe the Justice system did it's job in the first place, and got it right. Someone said Davis had grace–I don't call this grace. I call it fear from death. His team wasted time and money (tax-payer money) because he was afraid to face the consequences of his actions. Almost everyone fears death and we all try to extend life as long as possible, no matter how miserable it may be. Please, spare the crap about injustice–the system cannot be wrong for the past 20 years–someone/groups in the several courts that saw the appeals would have said otherwise to stop his execution if there was a sense of innocence. Have a bit of maturity and think about it in detail (as someone said it–intelllectual contribution) before jumping on the bandwagon to say an innocent man was killed. Yes, you are right–an innocent man was killed, and his name was MacPhail.

  187. Okay Mandie,

    Should we have not hung and executed all of the Germans who implemented the death camps? There are thousands of others who have deserved to die through the years because they were very evil people.

    Also I believe, and I think most God fearing people believe, that God wants us to protect our families and communities from evil people. And that he approves of erasing evil from the face of his earth.

  188. I'm not going to say anything against anyone here—it's all public now. I just wanted to be with other friends of Troy. I can't quit crying. I can't believe he's gone. I can't believe I'll never get another uplifting and loving letter from him, because they murdered him as surely as Macphail was murdered. When I got home from standing for Troy in Jackson, today, I had several calls on caller id—friends, I'm sure, wanting to give their condolences and share my grief at the state sanctioned murder of a good friend. But I can't answer their calls yet, because, as well intentioned as they are, I'm going to want to ask them angrily, then why weren't you there?
    The only thing that'll make me believe in a God at this point is to comfort myself that I will see Troy someday, and we'll go fishing like we often talked about. Not in my name

  189. Dear Chris Schroeder
    You prove to me ," that the pen is the greatest sword".
    ( when in the hands of a thoughtful warrior )
    What a beautiful remark on this very Tragedy .

    Today I cried .
    Tomorrow I smile, as we are Ever so many , more than the few !!
    To speak for life , and the story of you !

  190. OUR SYSTEM IS REALLY SCREWD UP!!! YOU SEND THE WRONG PERSON TO JAIL FOR MURDER AND THEN THE STATE TURNS AROUND AND MURDER AND THAT’S WHAT THEY CALL JUSTICE!SOMETHING IS WRONG! THE COP’S FAMILY SAY THEY NOW HAVE PEACE. HOW CAN YOU HAVE PEACE WHEN YOU HAVE THE WRONG PERSON. AND WHEN THE TRUTH COME’S OUT THERE WILL BE NO PEACE BECAUSE THEY WILL HAVE TO CARRY THE GUILT IF THEY HAVE A HEART OF THE WRONG PERSON BEING EXECUTED AND THEN THEY WILL STILL HAVE TO LIVE WITH THE TRUE FACT THAT THE MURDER DID NOT COME FORWARD AND SO THEY ARE STILL OUT THERE. AND THAT PERSON WILL NOT HAVE PEACE EITHER HOW COULD YOU KNOW YOU DID SOMETHING WRONG AND LET THE WRONG PERSON DO THE TIME FOR YOUR CRIME!!! ITS A SAD SITUATION I DID NOT KNOW TROY DAVIS BUT IT MADE ME CRY!! BECAUSE THIS IS NON-SENSE!!!

  191. FUCK THE AMERICAN GOVERMENT!
    AMERICAN SOLDIERS ARE KILLING ALL OVER THE WORLD, THE AMERICAN GOVERMENT IS KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE LIKE TROY.
    THE AMERICAN GOVERMENT WANT TO DICTATE OTHER PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD…I HATE THIS OFFICIAL MURDERS AND I HOPE THAT ESPECIALLY THE GOVERMENT OF GEORGIA WILL SLOWLY DIE SOON.

    I WILL NEVER VISIT A STATE LIKE THE USA! ACAB!

    BEST REGARDS FROM GERMANY!

  192. @Ed

    Evil people should be removed from the earth that's been said many times but there is an inherant problem with that perspective – define evil. Many consider politicians evil in the truest sense of the word = would you have them all executed? Ethnic groups continue and throughout history have purportedly been evil and the result has been genocide, is that ok? Some people might see your perspective as evil – should you be sentenced to death because of their opinion? If someone believes that the inaction of those who have considerable means but choose to do nothing while people starve in the street are evil, they should be removed from the earth – who is to say who is evil and who is not? It's all a matter of perspective.

    Killing is killing no matter who does it and as the old saying goes – two wrongs do not make a right. They never have and never will. Execution is permanent and cannot be taken back once carried out. Troy Davis is dead, that is a fact that cannot ever change no matter the outcome of any investigation – he was found to be evil.

    For the record, no one is pro-ABORTION. I have never met one single person who is. Pro-CHOICE is the term. Choosing life is also a choice so there is nothing inconsistent about being pro-choice and anti-abortion. It is a moral choice and cannot be legislated as is the case with capital punishment.

    Conversely, I am as amazed as you are that pro-life is a term that only applies in certain cases and not in others – how does someone who describes themselves as pro-life reconcile the support of capital punishment?

    Academic discussions aside, battles must sometimes be chosen and the battle last night was chosen based on the circumstances. If an outcry was to be heard it is most effective when voices are combined so concentrating the effort was the right thing to do. Capital punishment is wrong without exception.

  193. ITS NOT OKAY FOR ABORTIONS, WAR IS NOT OKAY, DEATH PENALTY IS NOT OKAY. GOD GAVE NOONE NOT EVEN THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM THE RIGHT TO DECIDE LIFE. ALL PRESIDENTS THAT FORCES WAR IS GOING TO HELL. EVERYONE WITHIN THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM THAT’S FOR THE DEATH PENALTY IS GOING TO HELL. KILLING AN UNBORN CHILD NO MATTER HOW YOU SEE IT NO MATTER THE SITUATION IS WRONG WRONG WRONG. STEFAN GERMANY IS FULL OF NAZI SO HOW DIFFERENT ARE YALL?? YALL JUS AS WORST!!!

  194. Stefan,

    The most evil people that ever walked the earth were Germans. In the recorded history of the world no race of people have ever “killed” as many humans as your people did. In my opinion Germany should have been punished for at least 100 years for what they did!
    Ask your kin that lived through it, and they’ll tell you that evil people are like a cancer and must be eliminated!

  195. Thank you Lrb, I enjoyed your message .I am so sorry that Troy was put to death.We are suppose to be the good guys &not act like the bad guys,so why are we committing murder?I am also sorry for the police officer who was murdered.I do not believe in the death penalty,because I feel every person should have a lifetime to prove that they are not guilty.

  196. Dear Troy, you will be remembered. The grace with which you have carried yourself all of the way to the end has left a mark on me that I will never forget. Above all, that is what I will take from this tragedy. It is hard not to fill with hatred for those responsible and desire for revenge; but I know that I can rise above it, because you did, for all of us to see.

    Dear Amnesty leadership and fellow members, please keep your spirits up and the pressure on. The death penalty truly is disappearing from this world. With great leadership and cooperation, we can hasten its eradication. Troy’s case has presented us with an extraordinary opportunity. There is momentum. There is a sense of urgency. Don’t waste it. If Troy lit a fire in you, stoke it. Find others who share your spirit. Support one another. Now. There is no time to waste.

  197. The members of the Pardons and Parole Board, the governor and the D.A. are all guilty of first degree, pre-meditated murder, a capital crime in Georgia. Unlike Troy, they are obviously guilty. Will the state execute them too, or does it only murder innocent people?

    Georgia, Sadaam Hussein sends his regards.

  198. As an English woman, I found it absolutely astonishing that the death penalty still exists in the USA. Is Georgia predominantly Republican? I just don’t understand how such barbaric behaviour is considered acceptable. How can a country such as the USA condemn fascist dictatorships yet fail to provide a fair and democratic justice system for its own citizens? Riddled with hypocrisy.
    I woke up at 4am (British Standard Time), checked Twitter and learned that the execution process had, after a 4 hour delay, just commenced. I was physically sickened. Legalised murder.

  199. And more! Your fucking America you think it free – no non-free. Your government wants to conquer the world! But Russia will never take my bare hands. That’s what I mean. Your government is no different from the communist system.

  200. What on earth is happening to the U.S.
    There is so much hatred again people other than yourselves. We hate this we hate that. Where has compasion ffor one an other gone. It seems to me that anything that wants to be equal to all humane beings is kept down where the general population thinks they should be. We are all created equal. Killing one person is bad enough, but killing others for reasonable doubt is murder.
    I really wonder if this was your family you would be thinking differantly. What if it could have been proven that he was inocent then what. He could not have changed his skin but as a person of color,gay and latino I have seen the prejudice from all sides. It happens in our work places and schools.Why? because there are so many people who think of themselves above against anything that goes above thier beliefs. One day you will be judged and put to die and will you say him not me.
    Lets show compasion and not hate. We are all in this together.

  201. “Stefan,

    The most evil people that ever walked the earth were Germans. In the recorded history of the world no race of people have ever “killed” as many humans as your people did. In my opinion Germany should have been punished for at least 100 years for what they did!
    Ask your kin that lived through it, and they’ll tell you that evil people are like a cancer and must be eliminated!”

    Ed – you are a fucking idiot.

  202. Well – such anger, such hatred! I am amazed. Evil only exists in the minds of those who want to believe in it.

    If I want peace, it must begin with me.

    Oh,by the way, German people, in my experience, are lovely. Every person I ever meet is the same – I expect them to be so – and they are.

    Love and happiness to all. Farewell.

  203. To all those who are rejoicing of Troy Davis' s death. I want to see you at the hereafter when you have to give the evidences of this man's guiltiness. And if you fail togive it know that GOD 's punishment is very painful. if you kill an inocent man it's like if you have killed all the humanity. GOD said it. shame on your judiciary system for who the human life is nothing. you will face tomorrow the real JUDGE and he will render the real justice. SHAME on the state of GEORGIA. I hope never see you criminal.

  204. Georgia & "the South" are alive in voices like Addy's saying "justice" was surely done.

    Addy composes a "Gone With the Wind" type requiem for what s/he calls the "tragic & doomed American Justice system"…. almost as if s/he were lamenting the Antebellum South !!

    A system can be "doomed" , yes … this one surely is, in the world's eyes …. but "TRAGIC" ?? !!

    Maybe a lifetime of faith in what s/he calls "the freedoms, which makes this country so great," gives rise to burps like this, i guess.

    "People", Addy scoffs, "say that the witnesses claiming Davis shot MacPhail were coerced.Really ? Now they're saying that ?"

    No … "they're" not "saying that" !!

    They don't need to !!

    The witnesses themselves have long since recanted !!

  205. I am no expert and will not claim to be. I understand that human life is not disposable, not something merely to dangle in front of a man’s eyes over all these years. I do not know much about the case, except that there has been a lot of media attention. Many of you are quick to say that this man is innocent. Maybe he was. Maybe he was not. So many are quick to crap on the American Justice system. I agree there are many flaws, that mistakes have been made over the years. But, what I do know is that appeal after appeal after appeal, there was no evidence of this man’s innocence to yield a retrial, regardless of his and many others, believing him to be. The death penalty is not taken lightly, and there must have been an overwhelming belief/evidence to persecute this man and sentence him to his ultimate death. I am so tired of hearing people defend people who are found guilty of killing others. I don’t care that the man he shot and killed was a cop–he was a human being, and that life was taken. His life was not disposable. People say that the witnesses claiming Davis shot MacPhail were coerced. Really? Now they’re saying that? I wonder why that is. Possibly due to the case’s immense popularity. It’s so easy to blame the tragic and doomed American Justice system. Well, unlike many of you, I do have faith in the justice system. These criminals (although I can’t say every single one in prison is rightly there) deserve to be in jail and I’m glad that they are. I’m glad that the worst of the worst are behind bars and will never have the freedoms, which make this country so great, ever again. Or possibly extend their lives beyond these bars. I don’t want a murderer, or any other convicted criminal, on the streets to endanger my life, the ones I love, or any one else for that matter. I feel safe at night knowing the my neighborhood is safe for murderes, kidnappers, rapists, etc. But yet, so many of you stand by this convicted murderer and claim that the system is corrupt. I sometimes wonder why people defend those who have been found on numerous occasions to be guilty. Maybe he deserved another trail. But maybe the Justice system did it’s job in the first place, and got it right. Someone said Davis had grace–I don’t call this grace. I call it fear from death. His team wasted time and money (tax-payer money) because he was afraid to face the consequences of his actions. Almost everyone fears death and we all try to extend life as long as possible, no matter how miserable it may be. Please, spare the crap about injustice–the system cannot be wrong for the past 20 years–someone/groups in the several courts that saw the appeals would have said otherwise to stop his execution if there was a sense of innocence. Have a bit of maturity and think about it in detail (as someone said it–intelllectual contribution) before jumping on the bandwagon to say an innocent man was killed. Yes, you are right–an innocent man was killed, and his name was MacPhail.

  206. I’m not going to say anything against anyone here—it’s all public now. I just wanted to be with other friends of Troy. I can’t quit crying. I can’t believe he’s gone. I can’t believe I’ll never get another uplifting and loving letter from him, because they murdered him as surely as Macphail was murdered. When I got home from standing for Troy in Jackson, today, I had several calls on caller id—friends, I’m sure, wanting to give their condolences and share my grief at the state sanctioned murder of a good friend. But I can’t answer their calls yet, because, as well intentioned as they are, I’m going to want to ask them angrily, then why weren’t you there?
    The only thing that’ll make me believe in a God at this point is to comfort myself that I will see Troy someday, and we’ll go fishing like we often talked about. Not in my name

  207. Troy Davis Is A Justly Convicted Cop Killer

    Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile)

    Wednesday, September 21st at 6:46PM EDT
    10 Comments

    I’ve had my say on Troy Davis. Now consider Ann Coulter who read through the entirely of the 170+ page federal judicial re-examination of the evidence.

    [T]he media claim that seven of the nine witnesses against Davis at trial have recanted.

    First of all, the state presented 34 witnesses against Davis — not nine — which should give you some idea of how punctilious the media are about their facts in death penalty cases.

    Among the witnesses who did not recant a word of their testimony against Davis were three members of the Air Force, who saw the shooting from their van in the Burger King drive-in lane. The airman who saw events clearly enough to positively identify Davis as the shooter explained on cross-examination, “You don’t forget someone that stands over and shoots someone.”

    . . . .

    Three recantations were from friends of Davis, making minor or completely unbelievable modifications to their trial testimony. For example, one said he was no longer sure he saw Davis shoot the cop, even though he was five feet away at the time. His remaining testimony still implicated Davis.

    One alleged recantation, from the vagrant’s girlfriend (since deceased), wasn’t a recantation at all, but rather reiterated all relevant parts of her trial testimony, which included a direct identification of Davis as the shooter.

    Only two of the seven alleged “recantations” (out of 34 witnesses) actually recanted anything of value — and those two affidavits were discounted by the court because Davis refused to allow the affiants to testify at the post-trial evidentiary hearing, even though one was seated right outside the courtroom, waiting to appear.

    The court specifically warned Davis that his refusal to call his only two genuinely recanting witnesses would make their affidavits worthless. But Davis still refused to call them — suggesting, as the court said, that their lawyer-drafted affidavits would not have held up under cross-examination.

    But somehow this is all a travesty of justice.

    Let's see how fast the amnesty site deletes these facts.

  208. Addy –

    We are mourning the lives of two flesh and blood, spirit and soul human beings.

    Can you not see how strange it is to be mourning (as pointed out by aa savage) a system, instead?

    How can you express grief (and that's what it comes across like) for a system? I urge you to look at this – what/who are you defending? Who do you feel is under attack?

    And, too, why do you think that wanting to fix something is evidence of 'crapping' on it? In fact, this is surely the height of respect – to care enough about your country and its justice system that you will fight to make it ever better?

    No justice system is in such a good place that it's appropriate to be complacent about it.

    And there is evidence of plenty of miscarriages of justice – 273 people who were wrongly convicted have been exonerated through the Innocence Project for instance –
    http://www.innocenceproject.org/Content/Facts_on_

    and because history demonstrates quite clearly that there are plenty of travesties of justice, the Death Penalty must always be unsafe.

  209. Was it Racism that State – lynched Troy ?

    With Georgia's history in the field, second only to Mississippi's in the murder of Black People, that's a definite YES !!

    The prosecution.

    The judge.

    The System.

    They have ALWAYS been, & will to their end REMAIN, Racist.

    That's America.

    Racist …. from root to fruit.

  210. I am still sickened and disgusted over the great injustice carried out by the state of Georgia and, as far as I am concerned, the US Supreme Court last night. In my opinion, the Supreme Court cowardly decided to sacrafice another human life, the life of Mr. Troy Davis, rather than risk exposing the flawed system in which it operates.
    The impression Troy Davis has left on this word, I believe has only just begun.
    In the words Troy Davis so bravely spoke "They can take my body but they can not take my spirit". His spirit will live on forever. This is not the end of Troy Davis.
    R.I.P. Troy Davis

  211. You only have to have open ears, eyes and an honest heart to see that, last night, the State of Georgia murdered a God fearing man who was full of faith, dignity and love, and a credit to the USA.

    The name and person of Troy Davis will be iconic for this movement, and he gave his life for it – others will live because of the utterly inspirational way in which he served an unjust sentence and died an unjust death.

    The afternoon before he died (after he had heard that clemency had been denied) he sent a message to his supporters and fellow pilgrims – He told us to keep the faith – that the fight didn't begin with him, and doesn't end with him – he also said to some young interns with the NAACP who were allowed 20 minutes with him 'tomorrow, you have a choice – you can either fold up your bags and go home or you can stand up and continue the fight'.

    He has told us they may take his body, but they can't take his spirit, which he said he gave to God long ago.

    After they strapped him down in the Death Room, they asked him if he wanted to say something, and he said he wanted to speak first to the family of Mark Macphail.

    He turned his head to the brother and son of the victim (present in the room) and he said words to this effect: 'I am sorry for your loss, but I am not responsible for it – I urge you to dig deeper for the truth. I am not the one responsible – I am innocent.'

    His family, friends and supporters he urged to continue to fight the fight and, as reported by his lawyer, Thomas Ruffin, 'he more or less called upon everybody who would want what’s right, who would want what’s morally right and whatever this thing called justice is, if it means anything good, who want that, to bring an end to this madness called capital punishment, as it’s applied in the United States.'

    And lastly to his executioners he said – 'and to those who are to take my life I say may God have mercy on your souls.'

    And the last words he said were again to them, and he said: 'May God bless your souls'

    In my opinion that all speaks for itself – TROY DAVIS IS AN HONOURABLE MAN and his friends and family can be immensely proud of the way he comported himself in life and in death. He is a blessing – Hallelujah.

  212. Dear Chris Schroeder
    You prove to me ,” that the pen is the greatest sword”.
    ( when in the hands of a thoughtful warrior )
    What a beautiful remark on this very Tragedy .

    Today I cried .
    Tomorrow I smile, as we are Ever so many , more than the few !!
    To speak for life , and the story of you !

  213. Addy –

    We are mourning the lives of two flesh and blood, spirit and soul human beings.

    Can you not see how strange it is to be mourning (as pointed out by aa savage) a system, instead?

    How can you express grief (and that's what it comes across like) for a system? I urge you to look at this – what/who are you defending? Who do you feel is under attack?

    And, too, why do you think that wanting to fix something is evidence of 'crapping' on it? In fact, this is surely the height of respect – to care enough about your country and its justice system that you will fight to make it ever better?

    No justice system is in such a good place that it's appropriate to be complacent about it.

    And there is evidence of plenty of miscarriages of justice – 273 people who were wrongly convicted have been exonerated through the Innocence Project for instance –
    http://www.innocenceproject.org/Content/Facts_on_

    and because history demonstrates quite clearly that there are plenty of travesties of justice, the Death Penalty must always be unsafe.

  214. Addy –

    We are mourning the lives of two flesh and blood, spirit and soul human beings.

    Can you not see how strange it is to be mourning (as pointed out by aa savage) a system, instead?

    How can you express grief (and that's what it comes across like) for a system? I urge you to look at this – what/who are you defending? Who do you feel is under attack?

    And, too, why do you think that wanting to fix something is evidence of 'crapping' on it? In fact, this is surely the height of respect – to care enough about your country and its justice system that you will fight to make it ever better?

    No justice system is in such a good place that it's appropriate to be complacent about it.

    And there is evidence of plenty of miscarriages of justice – 273 people who were wrongly convicted have been exonerated through the Innocence Project for instance –
    http://www.innocenceproject.org/Content/Facts_on_

    and because history demonstrates quite clearly that there are plenty of travesties of justice, the Death Penalty must always be unsafe.

  215. @Ed

    Evil people should be removed from the earth that’s been said many times but there is an inherant problem with that perspective – define evil. Many consider politicians evil in the truest sense of the word = would you have them all executed? Ethnic groups continue and throughout history have purportedly been evil and the result has been genocide, is that ok? Some people might see your perspective as evil – should you be sentenced to death because of their opinion? If someone believes that the inaction of those who have considerable means but choose to do nothing while people starve in the street are evil, they should be removed from the earth – who is to say who is evil and who is not? It’s all a matter of perspective.

    Killing is killing no matter who does it and as the old saying goes – two wrongs do not make a right. They never have and never will. Execution is permanent and cannot be taken back once carried out. Troy Davis is dead, that is a fact that cannot ever change no matter the outcome of any investigation – he was found to be evil.

    For the record, no one is pro-ABORTION. I have never met one single person who is. Pro-CHOICE is the term. Choosing life is also a choice so there is nothing inconsistent about being pro-choice and anti-abortion. It is a moral choice and cannot be legislated as is the case with capital punishment.

    Conversely, I am as amazed as you are that pro-life is a term that only applies in certain cases and not in others – how does someone who describes themselves as pro-life reconcile the support of capital punishment?

    Academic discussions aside, battles must sometimes be chosen and the battle last night was chosen based on the circumstances. If an outcry was to be heard it is most effective when voices are combined so concentrating the effort was the right thing to do. Capital punishment is wrong without exception.

  216. Thank you Lrb, I enjoyed your message .I am so sorry that Troy was put to death.We are suppose to be the good guys &not act like the bad guys,so why are we committing murder?I am also sorry for the police officer who was murdered.I do not believe in the death penalty,because I feel every person should have a lifetime to prove that they are not guilty.

  217. Ann Coulter finds Troy, & not Georgia, "guilty" ?

    Any surprises there ?

    The rabid Right has been Racist in all its manifestations.

    Roger pins the inflammatory "cop killer" tag to Troy.

    Roger says the great good state of Georgia produced more witnesses than just 9.

    But Troy's conviction in his 1991 trial was on the basis of the testimony of the 9.

    7 of them recanted later … even at the risk of possible jail sentences.

    Most of them REPEATEDLY said they were pressured by the police to point to Troy as the "shooter".

    NO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE has ever linked Troy to the killing.

    NO MURDER WEAPON has EVER been found.

    NUMEROUS people signed affidavits linking Sylvester COLES, one of the two nonrecanting witnesses, to the scene with a .38 gun, same caliber as the murder weapon, detailing his hiding the gun in a dark parking lot after the shooting, & later boasting of the killing & of escaping punishment.

    Police NEGLECTED questioning Coles about HIS involvement in the killing.

    They NEGLECTED to search his house for the murder weapon.

    They NEGLECTED to include his picture in witness photo spreads.

    In short, they'd already "picked" their target, & as usual REFUSED to look any further.

    The other nonrecanting witness produced testimony that was HIGHLY questionable.

    At the trial he identified Troy as the shooter, but two years earlier he claimed he WOULDN'T recognize Troy & another man at the scene again …. except for their CLOTHES.

    He was COMPLETELY unclear as to what he ACTUALLY saw on the night of the killing.

    When Troy's appeal for a new trial was turned down by a federal appeals court in a 2 – 1 decision , the dissenting judge criticized Georgia's legal case in no uncertain terms, & concluded :

    "To execute Davis , in the face of a significant amount of proferred evidence that may establish his actual innocence, is unconscionable & unconstitutional."

  218. The members of the Pardons and Parole Board, the governor and the D.A. are all guilty of first degree, pre-meditated murder, a capital crime in Georgia. Unlike Troy, they are obviously guilty. Will the state execute them too, or does it only murder innocent people?

    Georgia, Sadaam Hussein sends his regards.

  219. Kyrieeleison …

    The police / prosecutorial / judicial status quo's average defender may be feeling dismay at the extent of the outpouring of grief after Troy's public murder.

    Their Freudian slips betray uncertainty & apprehension regarding the fate of their favored institutions in the future…. even if sometimes they have themselves suffered under them in the past.

  220. To all those who are rejoicing of Troy Davis’ s death. I want to see you at the hereafter when you have to give the evidences of this man’s guiltiness. And if you fail togive it know that GOD ‘s punishment is very painful. if you kill an inocent man it’s like if you have killed all the humanity. GOD said it. shame on your judiciary system for who the human life is nothing. you will face tomorrow the real JUDGE and he will render the real justice. SHAME on the state of GEORGIA. I hope never see you criminal.

  221. Georgia & “the South” are alive in voices like Addy’s saying “justice” was surely done.

    Addy composes a “Gone With the Wind” type requiem for what s/he calls the “tragic & doomed American Justice system”…. almost as if s/he were lamenting the Antebellum South !!

    A system can be “doomed” , yes … this one surely is, in the world’s eyes …. but “TRAGIC” ?? !!

    Maybe a lifetime of faith in what s/he calls “the freedoms, which makes this country so great,” gives rise to burps like this, i guess.

    “People”, Addy scoffs, “say that the witnesses claiming Davis shot MacPhail were coerced.Really ? Now they’re saying that ?”

    No … “they’re” not “saying that” !!

    They don’t need to !!

    The witnesses themselves have long since recanted !!

  222. Troy Davis Is A Justly Convicted Cop Killer

    Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile)

    Wednesday, September 21st at 6:46PM EDT
    10 Comments

    I’ve had my say on Troy Davis. Now consider Ann Coulter who read through the entirely of the 170+ page federal judicial re-examination of the evidence.

    [T]he media claim that seven of the nine witnesses against Davis at trial have recanted.

    First of all, the state presented 34 witnesses against Davis — not nine — which should give you some idea of how punctilious the media are about their facts in death penalty cases.

    Among the witnesses who did not recant a word of their testimony against Davis were three members of the Air Force, who saw the shooting from their van in the Burger King drive-in lane. The airman who saw events clearly enough to positively identify Davis as the shooter explained on cross-examination, “You don’t forget someone that stands over and shoots someone.”

    . . . .

    Three recantations were from friends of Davis, making minor or completely unbelievable modifications to their trial testimony. For example, one said he was no longer sure he saw Davis shoot the cop, even though he was five feet away at the time. His remaining testimony still implicated Davis.

    One alleged recantation, from the vagrant’s girlfriend (since deceased), wasn’t a recantation at all, but rather reiterated all relevant parts of her trial testimony, which included a direct identification of Davis as the shooter.

    Only two of the seven alleged “recantations” (out of 34 witnesses) actually recanted anything of value — and those two affidavits were discounted by the court because Davis refused to allow the affiants to testify at the post-trial evidentiary hearing, even though one was seated right outside the courtroom, waiting to appear.

    The court specifically warned Davis that his refusal to call his only two genuinely recanting witnesses would make their affidavits worthless. But Davis still refused to call them — suggesting, as the court said, that their lawyer-drafted affidavits would not have held up under cross-examination.

    But somehow this is all a travesty of justice.

    Let’s see how fast the amnesty site deletes these facts.

  223. Was it Racism that State – lynched Troy ?

    With Georgia’s history in the field, second only to Mississippi’s in the murder of Black People, that’s a definite YES !!

    The prosecution.

    The judge.

    The System.

    They have ALWAYS been, & will to their end REMAIN, Racist.

    That’s America.

    Racist …. from root to fruit.

  224. I am still sickened and disgusted over the great injustice carried out by the state of Georgia and, as far as I am concerned, the US Supreme Court last night. In my opinion, the Supreme Court cowardly decided to sacrafice another human life, the life of Mr. Troy Davis, rather than risk exposing the flawed system in which it operates.
    The impression Troy Davis has left on this word, I believe has only just begun.
    In the words Troy Davis so bravely spoke “They can take my body but they can not take my spirit”. His spirit will live on forever. This is not the end of Troy Davis.
    R.I.P. Troy Davis

  225. You only have to have open ears, eyes and an honest heart to see that, last night, the State of Georgia murdered a God fearing man who was full of faith, dignity and love, and a credit to the USA.

    The name and person of Troy Davis will be iconic for this movement, and he gave his life for it – others will live because of the utterly inspirational way in which he served an unjust sentence and died an unjust death.

    The afternoon before he died (after he had heard that clemency had been denied) he sent a message to his supporters and fellow pilgrims – He told us to keep the faith – that the fight didn’t begin with him, and doesn’t end with him – he also said to some young interns with the NAACP who were allowed 20 minutes with him ‘tomorrow, you have a choice – you can either fold up your bags and go home or you can stand up and continue the fight’.

    He has told us they may take his body, but they can’t take his spirit, which he said he gave to God long ago.

    After they strapped him down in the Death Room, they asked him if he wanted to say something, and he said he wanted to speak first to the family of Mark Macphail.

    He turned his head to the brother and son of the victim (present in the room) and he said words to this effect: ‘I am sorry for your loss, but I am not responsible for it – I urge you to dig deeper for the truth. I am not the one responsible – I am innocent.’

    His family, friends and supporters he urged to continue to fight the fight and, as reported by his lawyer, Thomas Ruffin, ‘he more or less called upon everybody who would want what’s right, who would want what’s morally right and whatever this thing called justice is, if it means anything good, who want that, to bring an end to this madness called capital punishment, as it’s applied in the United States.’

    And lastly to his executioners he said – ‘and to those who are to take my life I say may God have mercy on your souls.’

    And the last words he said were again to them, and he said: ‘May God bless your souls’

    In my opinion that all speaks for itself – TROY DAVIS IS AN HONOURABLE MAN and his friends and family can be immensely proud of the way he comported himself in life and in death. He is a blessing – Hallelujah.

  226. The US is pressing Belarus to abolish capital punishment saying it's inhumane. Look what's going on in their own country!! First they kill a person (without being even 90% sure he's guilty), and then they'll go on investigating if he was really guilty! Only because the killed person was a police officer and a white, whereas the accused Davis was a black. Shame on you.

  227. Addy -

    We are mourning the lives of two flesh and blood, spirit and soul human beings.

    Can you not see how strange it is to be mourning (as pointed out by aa savage) a system, instead?

    How can you express grief (and that’s what it comes across like) for a system? I urge you to look at this – what/who are you defending? Who do you feel is under attack?

    And, too, why do you think that wanting to fix something is evidence of ‘crapping’ on it? In fact, this is surely the height of respect – to care enough about your country and its justice system that you will fight to make it ever better?

    No justice system is in such a good place that it’s appropriate to be complacent about it.

    And there is evidence of plenty of miscarriages of justice – 273 people who were wrongly convicted have been exonerated through the Innocence Project for instance -

    http://www.innocenceproject.org/Content/Facts_on_PostConviction_DNA_Exonerations.php

    and because history demonstrates quite clearly that there are plenty of travesties of justice, the Death Penalty must always be unsafe.

  228. Ann Coulter finds Troy, & not Georgia, “guilty” ?

    Any surprises there ?

    The rabid Right has been Racist in all its manifestations.

    Roger pins the inflammatory “cop killer” tag to Troy.

    Roger says the great good state of Georgia produced more witnesses than just 9.

    But Troy’s conviction in his 1991 trial was on the basis of the testimony of the 9.

    7 of them recanted later … even at the risk of possible jail sentences.

    Most of them REPEATEDLY said they were pressured by the police to point to Troy as the “shooter”.

    NO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE has ever linked Troy to the killing.

    NO MURDER WEAPON has EVER been found.

    NUMEROUS people signed affidavits linking Sylvester COLES, one of the two nonrecanting witnesses, to the scene with a .38 gun, same caliber as the murder weapon, detailing his hiding the gun in a dark parking lot after the shooting, & later boasting of the killing & of escaping punishment.

    Police NEGLECTED questioning Coles about HIS involvement in the killing.

    They NEGLECTED to search his house for the murder weapon.

    They NEGLECTED to include his picture in witness photo spreads.

    In short, they’d already “picked” their target, & as usual REFUSED to look any further.

    The other nonrecanting witness produced testimony that was HIGHLY questionable.

    At the trial he identified Troy as the shooter, but two years earlier he claimed he WOULDN’T recognize Troy & another man at the scene again …. except for their CLOTHES.

    He was COMPLETELY unclear as to what he ACTUALLY saw on the night of the killing.

    When Troy’s appeal for a new trial was turned down by a federal appeals court in a 2 – 1 decision , the dissenting judge criticized Georgia’s legal case in no uncertain terms, & concluded :

    “To execute Davis , in the face of a significant amount of proferred evidence that may establish his actual innocence, is unconscionable & unconstitutional.”

  229. Sweet Christ people. Get over yourselves. First of all, Davis was convicted by a jury of 7 blacks and 5 whites. Kindly point out the racism here. And there
    were 34 witnesses for the prosecution at his trial. That means there were 27
    witnesses that had no part of any "recanting". Davis was guilty as sin, and
    ultimately executed by the State of Georgia. He dodged his fate far longer
    than the POS in Texas that participated in the Bryd killing. Spare me the
    violins. Justice served. Next case.

  230. Kyrieeleison …

    The police / prosecutorial / judicial status quo’s average defender may be feeling dismay at the extent of the outpouring of grief after Troy’s public murder.

    Their Freudian slips betray uncertainty & apprehension regarding the fate of their favored institutions in the future…. even if sometimes they have themselves suffered under them in the past.

  231. I'm catalan, but i translate for us it
    Well no words to describe the horror of humanity that we are stuck, there are no words to describe the injustice and pain of loved ones, no words, the more the company of ladies not forget the calm, we spend a poem by troy, Health and struggle, and the heart i will give this poem in catalan

    decidit davant la fredor del procés
    humana decisió encoberta de ciència
    plena d'ideologia i remor de paciència
    se li ha guaita el llautó per matar-lo
    a consciència.

    Política criminal numeral i encoberta
    confusió de fets, confusió de principis
    confusió d'una ciència desfeta d'indicis
    on se'ls hi guaita el llautó d’animals
    sense consciencia

    retorn medieval pels savis de la rancúnia
    i l’ofeguen la igualtat, en nom dels mercats
    retornant lluites sagnants dels avantpassats
    se'ls hi guaitarà el llautó als animats
    de l'absència consciència

    I en Troy és mort, i assassinat sense dubtes
    i executat per un fred procés ple de dubtes
    a través d'inquisitòria justícia ja oblidada
    i retornem o anem cap al passat per despertar
    i no oblidar les innocents consciències

  232. I think , the justice in Georgia is heartless, rassistic an inhuman…
    …narcissistic rednecks !

  233. The right American was Native Nation…killed from yourselves…
    Vietnam…….killed from yourselves………
    Korea…..killed from yourselves…..
    Irak..killed from yourselves….
    USA….its never gods own land………

  234. The US is pressing Belarus to abolish capital punishment saying it’s inhumane. Look what’s going on in their own country!! First they kill a person (without being even 90% sure he’s guilty), and then they’ll go on investigating if he was really guilty! Only because the killed person was a police officer and a white, whereas the accused Davis was a black. Shame on you.

  235. It's funny how people make a big deal about this the "day of" yet he's been sitting in a cell for 20+ years waiting to get the needle. How many people even knew about this 5 days ago?

    Troy Davis was convicted. There is nothing anyone can do so we all might as well stfu.

  236. Sweet Christ people. Get over yourselves. First of all, Davis was convicted by a jury of 7 blacks and 5 whites. Kindly point out the racism here. And there
    were 34 witnesses for the prosecution at his trial. That means there were 27
    witnesses that had no part of any “recanting”. Davis was guilty as sin, and
    ultimately executed by the State of Georgia. He dodged his fate far longer
    than the POS in Texas that participated in the Bryd killing. Spare me the
    violins. Justice served. Next case.

  237. Anyone who objectively followed this case – did there own research – and didn't just trust "facts" given to them by someone else knows this man is guilty as the day is long. The death penaly itself is worth a debate. Troy Davis was guilty.

  238. I’m catalan, but i translate for us it
    Well no words to describe the horror of humanity that we are stuck, there are no words to describe the injustice and pain of loved ones, no words, the more the company of ladies not forget the calm, we spend a poem by troy, Health and struggle, and the heart i will give this poem in catalan

    decidit davant la fredor del procés
    humana decisió encoberta de ciència
    plena d’ideologia i remor de paciència
    se li ha guaita el llautó per matar-lo
    a consciència.

    Política criminal numeral i encoberta
    confusió de fets, confusió de principis
    confusió d’una ciència desfeta d’indicis
    on se’ls hi guaita el llautó d’animals
    sense consciencia

    retorn medieval pels savis de la rancúnia
    i l’ofeguen la igualtat, en nom dels mercats
    retornant lluites sagnants dels avantpassats
    se’ls hi guaitarà el llautó als animats
    de l’absència consciència

    I en Troy és mort, i assassinat sense dubtes
    i executat per un fred procés ple de dubtes
    a través d’inquisitòria justícia ja oblidada
    i retornem o anem cap al passat per despertar
    i no oblidar les innocents consciències

  239. I think , the justice in Georgia is heartless, rassistic an inhuman…
    …narcissistic rednecks !

  240. The right American was Native Nation…killed from yourselves…
    Vietnam…….killed from yourselves………
    Korea…..killed from yourselves…..
    Irak..killed from yourselves….
    USA….its never gods own land………

  241. Here's the one and only question that truly matters…

    Is it possible that an innocent person can be put to death for a crime that they did not commit?

    The answer is yes.

    The justice system never has been, or ever will be infallible. Assuredly, the justice system will fail at times.

    Because this is so, it is every reason why the death penalty must be instantly and permanently abolished.

  242. It’s funny how people make a big deal about this the “day of” yet he’s been sitting in a cell for 20+ years waiting to get the needle. How many people even knew about this 5 days ago?

    Troy Davis was convicted. There is nothing anyone can do so we all might as well stfu.

  243. Anyone who objectively followed this case – did there own research – and didn’t just trust “facts” given to them by someone else knows this man is guilty as the day is long. The death penaly itself is worth a debate. Troy Davis was guilty.

  244. As a long-time resident of Georgia, and a practicing attorney in this State, I am deeply embarrassed and sickened by what happened in my State this week. I can't understand how not only the Georgia Parole Board, but also so many federal judges, could allow such a grave injustice. In a case like this with so much new evidence of actual innocence, it is nothing short of state-sanctioned murder to execute a person without giving them another trial on both the guilt and penalty phase. Anyone who thinks the recantations are not credible should remember that Mr. Davis was convicted at least in large part due to the testimony of these very same witnesses.

    But in any case, it should not be for us or judges or the parole board to decide. It should be up to a jury of Mr. Davis' peers, and no such jury ever heard this evidence. I think we can all agree that the State likely never would have obtained a conviction in light of the recanted testimony. Regardless, Georgia owed it to all of us to find out before it murdered Mr. Davis. Its failure to do so shows that it places a paramount importance with closing cases and serving justice generally than serving justice on the right person. This is not going to change in Georgia until the U.S. Supreme Court requires a moratorium on capital punishment as it did 40 years ago.

    Obviously, we can't afford to give everyone another bite at the apple. But if we are going to execute people, we can't turn a blind eye to new evidence, or ineffective assistance of counsel, or any other constitutional violation that may have occurred at trial. At least, not until we figure out how to bring people back from the dead. The value of human life is just too great.

    Mr. Davis' case just brings the problems with the death penalty to light. It is every bit as violative of the 8th and 14th Amendments to our Constitution as it was 40 years ago. I hope that everyone who is disgusted by what happened in Georgia this week will work toward abolishing this barbaric practice so that Mr. Davis and others who were put to death when they may well have been innocent did not have to die in vain.

  245. By Phil Morris, a British citizen from in UK – Shame on you USA, as an ex-military man I have fought alongside my US comrades in two conflicts to help overthrow barbaric regimes, start looking inwards USA. You cannot have your cake and eat it. It also makes a mockery of your legal system in the view of others you wish to look up to you. Georgia is bad enough, but the Federal Government must take overall responsibility. The time will come USA when you will need friends, you are losing them over shameful events like this. Shame, shame, shame.

  246. apologies on the earlier post – i didn't notice the clemency was granted 3 years ago, and potentially but a different set of individuals on the board. regardless, that does not account for the fact that clemency WAS granted to an admitted murderer, while a possibly innocent [or at least not wholly guilty of the crimes for which he was convicted] individual was not even given a second opportunity based on a myriad of newly discovered evidence to be heard on such evidence :-( shameful, and utterly disturbing

  247. Many people are wrongfully convicted here in America. The majority of the time it's due to corrupt police, District Attorneys and Judges.

    See how my dear friend, an innocent man was frammed for a crime her did not do. http://www.Paulzumot.com

  248. Here’s the one and only question that truly matters…

    Is it possible that an innocent person can be put to death for a crime that they did not commit?

    The answer is yes.

    The justice system never has been, or ever will be infallible. Assuredly, the justice system will fail at times.

    Because this is so, it is every reason why the death penalty must be instantly and permanently abolished.

  249. Many people are wrongfully convicted here in America. The majority of the time it's due to corrupt police, District Attorneys and Judges.

    See how my dear friend, an innocent man was frammed for a crime her did not do. http://www.Paulzumot.com

  250. Many people are wrongfully convicted here in America. The majority of the time it's due to corrupt police, District Attorneys and Judges.

    See how my dear friend, an innocent man was frammed for a crime her did not do. http://www.Paulzumot.com

  251. As a long-time resident of Georgia, and a practicing attorney in this State, I am deeply embarrassed and sickened by what happened in my State this week. I can’t understand how not only the Georgia Parole Board, but also so many federal judges, could allow such a grave injustice. In a case like this with so much new evidence of actual innocence, it is nothing short of state-sanctioned murder to execute a person without giving them another trial on both the guilt and penalty phase. Anyone who thinks the recantations are not credible should remember that Mr. Davis was convicted at least in large part due to the testimony of these very same witnesses.

    But in any case, it should not be for us or judges or the parole board to decide. It should be up to a jury of Mr. Davis’ peers, and no such jury ever heard this evidence. I think we can all agree that the State likely never would have obtained a conviction in light of the recanted testimony. Regardless, Georgia owed it to all of us to find out before it murdered Mr. Davis. Its failure to do so shows that it places a paramount importance with closing cases and serving justice generally than serving justice on the right person. This is not going to change in Georgia until the U.S. Supreme Court requires a moratorium on capital punishment as it did 40 years ago.

    Obviously, we can’t afford to give everyone another bite at the apple. But if we are going to execute people, we can’t turn a blind eye to new evidence, or ineffective assistance of counsel, or any other constitutional violation that may have occurred at trial. At least, not until we figure out how to bring people back from the dead. The value of human life is just too great.

    Mr. Davis’ case just brings the problems with the death penalty to light. It is every bit as violative of the 8th and 14th Amendments to our Constitution as it was 40 years ago. I hope that everyone who is disgusted by what happened in Georgia this week will work toward abolishing this barbaric practice so that Mr. Davis and others who were put to death when they may well have been innocent did not have to die in vain.

  252. Is it time to renew an effort for a constitutional amendment to abolish the death penalty in the U.S.? Congressman Henry González made an effort in the early 1990s to prohibit the imposition of capital punishment "by any State, Territory, or other jurisdiction within the United States." Perhaps it's time to start again….

  253. By Phil Morris, a British citizen from in UK – Shame on you USA, as an ex-military man I have fought alongside my US comrades in two conflicts to help overthrow barbaric regimes, start looking inwards USA. You cannot have your cake and eat it. It also makes a mockery of your legal system in the view of others you wish to look up to you. Georgia is bad enough, but the Federal Government must take overall responsibility. The time will come USA when you will need friends, you are losing them over shameful events like this. Shame, shame, shame.

  254. apologies on the earlier post – i didn’t notice the clemency was granted 3 years ago, and potentially but a different set of individuals on the board. regardless, that does not account for the fact that clemency WAS granted to an admitted murderer, while a possibly innocent [or at least not wholly guilty of the crimes for which he was convicted] individual was not even given a second opportunity based on a myriad of newly discovered evidence to be heard on such evidence :-( shameful, and utterly disturbing

  255. Dear Tom / Germany ….

    Thank you !!

    America "never was God's own land."

    Very true .. it's a land of steel & mad death ….

    but look Tom, there's new flowers blooming … new grasses growing

    in Sand Creek….

    the Native Earth you remember …

  256. Many people are wrongfully convicted here in America. The majority of the time it’s due to corrupt police, District Attorneys and Judges.

    See how my dear friend, an innocent man was frammed for a crime her did not do. http://www.Paulzumot.com

  257. Is it time to renew an effort for a constitutional amendment to abolish the death penalty in the U.S.? Congressman Henry González made an effort in the early 1990s to prohibit the imposition of capital punishment “by any State, Territory, or other jurisdiction within the United States.” Perhaps it’s time to start again….

  258. George Bush…An embarresment to the world!! A KILLER……A horrible pe
    rson..however he became a bloody president? Thats why innocent people die!!

  259. Glen Hull asks, Where's the Racism if a jury of 7 blacks & 5 whites convicts Troy ?

    So you just point to the JURY …… to justify a whole SYSTEM'S INJUSTICE ?

    A jury can't do A THING by itself !!

    It can reach a verdict ONLY on the basis of "facts" ALLOWED INTO the courtroom !!!

    The Truth was never allowed in … just the "facts" cherry picked by Georgia's Police & Prosecution against a powerless Black man. THAT'S the Racism.

    The Police FIRST SELECTED Troy, a defenseless Black youth, as their Target.

    Targetting WITHOUT INVESTIGATION…..THAT is the Racism.

    Sylvester Coles, who was ready with his lawyer & minted "version", went uninvestigated, his story & role in the incident unquestioned, his home unsearched…. & Troy was targetted MINUS THIS IMPARTIAL INVESTIGATION . THAT was the Racism.

    The Police pressurized the witnesses … as 7 out of 9 witnesses REPEATEDLY charged & testified …. The Police pressurized the witnesses to TAILOR their stories to FIT the Police "version".THAT was the Racism.

    Prosecution, Police & Courts worked in tandem.The System works !!

    Their "version", once the Police & Prosecution chose it, became their own Vested Interest, a "version" on which their reputations & careers depended…. & a Black youth's simple Truths , & the Truths about the case the Black Community were eager to show in court, were never PERMITTED ENTRY into the judicial process. And you ask, Where's the Racism ??

    This is the house Georgia built.

    The whole PROCESS of building this illegal structure has been Racism.

    The jury could only come in at the END … & lay the FINAL capstone on this already finished building.

    That you use the JURY to try to justify this entire illegal BUILDING PROCESS is part of the SELFSAME LIE the System airs about its "fairness" & "Justice for All".

    & THAT'S the Ultimate Racism !!

  260. A savage as usual you know little of what you talk about. Sylester Coles was also black. If this case is all about race why was he protected and Davis wasn't? Perhaps part of it was the fact Troy Davis had just previously shot another man in the face – who by the grace of God survived. The rounds fired at the dead off-duty Police Officer came from the exact same gun. And the number was at least 34 – not 9 like is being falsey reported. There are many motives (friendship being one of them) for the 7 that "recanted" the testimony. Troy Davis regardless of the color of his skin was guilty.

  261. Dear Tom / Germany ….

    Thank you !!

    America “never was God’s own land.”

    Very true .. it’s a land of steel & mad death ….

    but look Tom, there’s new flowers blooming … new grasses growing

    in Sand Creek….

    the Native Earth you remember …

  262. a savage utters the following nonsense "The truth was never let in"

    Let's see, this animal had a fair trial, where 34 prosecution witnesses (not 9,
    nice try with the spin though) helped to convict him. He had 20 years worth
    of appeals. Out of the 7 "recantations" over that time, a judge deemed only two of those to be useful. Those persons did not testify, however, because
    Davis would not allow it. How convenient. The only "truth" is that justice
    was served, only 20 years too late.

  263. George Bush…An embarresment to the world!! A KILLER……A horrible pe
    rson..however he became a bloody president? Thats why innocent people die!!

  264. Glen Hull asks, Where’s the Racism if a jury of 7 blacks & 5 whites convicts Troy ?

    So you just point to the JURY …… to justify a whole SYSTEM’S INJUSTICE ?

    A jury can’t do A THING by itself !!

    It can reach a verdict ONLY on the basis of “facts” ALLOWED INTO the courtroom !!!

    The Truth was never allowed in … just the “facts” cherry picked by Georgia’s Police & Prosecution against a powerless Black man. THAT’S the Racism.

    The Police FIRST SELECTED Troy, a defenseless Black youth, as their Target.

    Targetting WITHOUT INVESTIGATION…..THAT is the Racism.

    Sylvester Coles, who was ready with his lawyer & minted “version”, went uninvestigated, his story & role in the incident unquestioned, his home unsearched…. & Troy was targetted MINUS THIS IMPARTIAL INVESTIGATION . THAT was the Racism.

    The Police pressurized the witnesses … as 7 out of 9 witnesses REPEATEDLY charged & testified …. The Police pressurized the witnesses to TAILOR their stories to FIT the Police “version”.THAT was the Racism.

    Prosecution, Police & Courts worked in tandem.The System works !!

    Their “version”, once the Police & Prosecution chose it, became their own Vested Interest, a “version” on which their reputations & careers depended…. & a Black youth’s simple Truths , & the Truths about the case the Black Community were eager to show in court, were never PERMITTED ENTRY into the judicial process. And you ask, Where’s the Racism ??

    This is the house Georgia built.

    The whole PROCESS of building this illegal structure has been Racism.

    The jury could only come in at the END … & lay the FINAL capstone on this already finished building.

    That you use the JURY to try to justify this entire illegal BUILDING PROCESS is part of the SELFSAME LIE the System airs about its “fairness” & “Justice for All”.

    & THAT’S the Ultimate Racism !!

  265. A savage as usual you know little of what you talk about. Sylester Coles was also black. If this case is all about race why was he protected and Davis wasn’t? Perhaps part of it was the fact Troy Davis had just previously shot another man in the face – who by the grace of God survived. The rounds fired at the dead off-duty Police Officer came from the exact same gun. And the number was at least 34 – not 9 like is being falsey reported. There are many motives (friendship being one of them) for the 7 that “recanted” the testimony. Troy Davis regardless of the color of his skin was guilty.

  266. a savage utters the following nonsense “The truth was never let in”

    Let’s see, this animal had a fair trial, where 34 prosecution witnesses (not 9,
    nice try with the spin though) helped to convict him. He had 20 years worth
    of appeals. Out of the 7 “recantations” over that time, a judge deemed only two of those to be useful. Those persons did not testify, however, because
    Davis would not allow it. How convenient. The only “truth” is that justice
    was served, only 20 years too late.

  267. The death penalty is barbaric. It is horrifying that a supposed "civilized" nation, the U.S., still utilizes this practice. It seems to serve only one purpose: revenge. This constitutes a perpetuation of violence. We need to work towards ending violence, not perpetuating it.
    It makes me sick to know that the family of the slain police officer actually wanted to witness Troy Davis' execution. How could anyone enjoy watching someone, anyone, be put to death? This saddens and disgusts me. How low can people get?

  268. The death penalty is barbaric. It is horrifying that a supposed “civilized” nation, the U.S., still utilizes this practice. It seems to serve only one purpose: revenge. This constitutes a perpetuation of violence. We need to work towards ending violence, not perpetuating it.
    It makes me sick to know that the family of the slain police officer actually wanted to witness Troy Davis’ execution. How could anyone enjoy watching someone, anyone, be put to death? This saddens and disgusts me. How low can people get?

  269. How can those people who decided his execution sleep?
    American dream my ass,they are barbarians….And they are supposed to mind the human rights in other countries of the world…Hyppocrites!!!

  270. When it plays the race card, the White Establishment holds all the aces.

    TROY DAVIS NEVER STOOD A CHANCE in this System.

    i stand with Black Man & gina smith.

    What this Brother & Sister say … that's my heart speaking.

    brian suggests i didn't know Sylvester Coles is black, to hint i don't what i'm talking about.

    That Coles is one of the Black youths on the scene is known by all whom know the case.

    brian asks, Why was Coles "protected"( brian's own interesting term, suggesting Coles was "protected" by the Police ! ) & Troy wasn't ?

    A very good question brian should actually ask the Georgia Police & Prosecution themselves, & which History will ask of them, to question their TARGETTED & ONESIDED "investigation" !!

    & in that questioning lies the answer.

    Why, indeed, was it more convenient to target Troy …. & not Coles ?

    For Troy was of NO USE to the Police or the Prosecution !!

    FOR TROY WOULD NEVER HAVE BORNE FALSE WITNESS AGAINST ANYONE.

    Consider …. Just how does the US Police & prosecutions increasingly get their convictions nowadays ??

    NOT through investigations.

    NOT by gathering the HARD EVIDENCE which they have to PROVE IN A COURT OF LAW .

    Nowadays they increasingly get their convictions by PREconviction incarceration ( trying to break the accused down through PSYCHOLOGICAL PRESSURE ) … or by GETTING ORAL "TESTIMONIES" out of those whom are willing to "cooperate" with Police & Prosecution TO SAVE THEIR OWN SKINS.

    Coles was MADE TO ORDER to play false witness.

    He knew how to sing, & was more than willing !!

    He spared the Police & Prosecution the trouble of HAVING TO PROVE THEIR CASE IN COURT.

    & that's what finally counts in the US "Just – us" System … that you can "get your man" … regardless of the questionable means by which you "get" him.

    & that's what you see in Troy's case, too .

    NO hard, physical evidence.

    NO murder weapon.

    NO impartial or painstaking investigation.

    JUST oral "testimony" EITHER recanted in the majority of cases ….. OR undercut ( in Coles' case ) by numerous counter – testimonies as to Coles's OWN actual role in the shooting.

    Troy Davis isn't dead.

    His fight for the Truth has only entered a different, imperative, HISTORIC plane.

  271. Strange Truth …

    The INVISIBILITY of Racism to those whom perpetuate it !!

    Glen Hull asks, Where's the racism ? …. & calls Troy "THIS ANIMAL"( my emphasis ).

    i've no illusions about America's Racism or Classism, or any other's.

    The people whom dismiss Troy as "THIS ANIMAL".

    The people whom see an individual's case OUTSIDE the context of the history of lynchings he lives & dies within.

    Same people rallying to the Tea Party with guns.

    Same people supporting Texas mass executioner Rick Perry & publicly telling an interviewer, "You GOT TO ADMIRE SOMEONE WHO EXECUTES AN INNOCENT MAN" ( my emphasis ).

    Same Rightwing audience cheering upon hearing of the cancer death of a 30 – year old medically uninsured man .

    Living inside this Mass Celebration of Death.

    & the Celebrants come & talk to us about juries & justice …. & witnesses.

    i hear the voices from where they come.

  272. How can those people who decided his execution sleep?
    American dream my ass,they are barbarians….And they are supposed to mind the human rights in other countries of the world…Hyppocrites!!!

  273. When it plays the race card, the White Establishment holds all the aces.

    TROY DAVIS NEVER STOOD A CHANCE in this System.

    i stand with Black Man & gina smith.

    What this Brother & Sister say … that’s my heart speaking.

    brian suggests i didn’t know Sylvester Coles is black, to hint i don’t what i’m talking about.

    That Coles is one of the Black youths on the scene is known by all whom know the case.

    brian asks, Why was Coles “protected”( brian’s own interesting term, suggesting Coles was “protected” by the Police ! ) & Troy wasn’t ?

    A very good question brian should actually ask the Georgia Police & Prosecution themselves, & which History will ask of them, to question their TARGETTED & ONESIDED “investigation” !!

    & in that questioning lies the answer.

    Why, indeed, was it more convenient to target Troy …. & not Coles ?

    For Troy was of NO USE to the Police or the Prosecution !!

    FOR TROY WOULD NEVER HAVE BORNE FALSE WITNESS AGAINST ANYONE.

    Consider …. Just how does the US Police & prosecutions increasingly get their convictions nowadays ??

    NOT through investigations.

    NOT by gathering the HARD EVIDENCE which they have to PROVE IN A COURT OF LAW .

    Nowadays they increasingly get their convictions by PREconviction incarceration ( trying to break the accused down through PSYCHOLOGICAL PRESSURE ) … or by GETTING ORAL “TESTIMONIES” out of those whom are willing to “cooperate” with Police & Prosecution TO SAVE THEIR OWN SKINS.

    Coles was MADE TO ORDER to play false witness.

    He knew how to sing, & was more than willing !!

    He spared the Police & Prosecution the trouble of HAVING TO PROVE THEIR CASE IN COURT.

    & that’s what finally counts in the US “Just – us” System … that you can “get your man” … regardless of the questionable means by which you “get” him.

    & that’s what you see in Troy’s case, too .

    NO hard, physical evidence.

    NO murder weapon.

    NO impartial or painstaking investigation.

    JUST oral “testimony” EITHER recanted in the majority of cases ….. OR undercut ( in Coles’ case ) by numerous counter – testimonies as to Coles’s OWN actual role in the shooting.

    Troy Davis isn’t dead.

    His fight for the Truth has only entered a different, imperative, HISTORIC plane.

  274. Strange Truth …

    The INVISIBILITY of Racism to those whom perpetuate it !!

    Glen Hull asks, Where’s the racism ? …. & calls Troy “THIS ANIMAL”( my emphasis ).

    i’ve no illusions about America’s Racism or Classism, or any other’s.

    The people whom dismiss Troy as “THIS ANIMAL”.

    The people whom see an individual’s case OUTSIDE the context of the history of lynchings he lives & dies within.

    Same people rallying to the Tea Party with guns.

    Same people supporting Texas mass executioner Rick Perry & publicly telling an interviewer, “You GOT TO ADMIRE SOMEONE WHO EXECUTES AN INNOCENT MAN” ( my emphasis ).

    Same Rightwing audience cheering upon hearing of the cancer death of a 30 – year old medically uninsured man .

    Living inside this Mass Celebration of Death.

    & the Celebrants come & talk to us about juries & justice …. & witnesses.

    i hear the voices from where they come.

  275. Hogwash – no sense trying to educate you. No sense in argueing with you either. Your mind is made up and all the facts in the world will not change it. Justice served. Just prior to shooting MacPhail – he shot a guy named Michael Cooper in the face. Cooper lived. The rounds that killed MacPhail matched teh ones that shot Cooper. A pair of shorts belonging to Davis contained forensic evidence – but was not admitted into court because the judge ruled that Davis' mother didn't voluntarily allow the police to search the home. THIS COURT SYSTEM ruled in favor of Davis and did not admit that piece of damaging evidence into the trial. Part of this whole system you rage against and claim to be so racist.
    Go search for another cop killer (white or black) to defend. This murderer is dead.

  276. Hogwash – no sense trying to educate you. No sense in argueing with you either. Your mind is made up and all the facts in the world will not change it. Justice served. Just prior to shooting MacPhail – he shot a guy named Michael Cooper in the face. Cooper lived. The rounds that killed MacPhail matched teh ones that shot Cooper. A pair of shorts belonging to Davis contained forensic evidence – but was not admitted into court because the judge ruled that Davis’ mother didn’t voluntarily allow the police to search the home. THIS COURT SYSTEM ruled in favor of Davis and did not admit that piece of damaging evidence into the trial. Part of this whole system you rage against and claim to be so racist.
    Go search for another cop killer (white or black) to defend. This murderer is dead.

  277. Es ist unglaublich!
    Wie kann ein Staat, der sich für aufgeklärt hält und sich mit christlichen Idealen schmückt, einen Menschen mit dem Tod bestrafen???
    Ist das ein psychischer Massendefekt? Größenwahn? Lust am Töten?

    Was glaubt ihr, wer ihr seid, ihr Richter und Vollstrecker? Was maßt ihr euch an, im Namen der Gerechtigkeit über Leben und Tod zu entscheiden?

    Welcher Grad an geistiger Armut, moralischer Leere und seelischer Verkrüppelung – welche Perversion muss solchem Denken und Handeln zugrunde liegen…

    In Gottes Namen: HÖRT AUF!

  278. Es ist unglaublich!
    Wie kann ein Staat, der sich für aufgeklärt hält und sich mit christlichen Idealen schmückt, einen Menschen mit dem Tod bestrafen???
    Ist das ein psychischer Massendefekt? Größenwahn? Lust am Töten?

    Was glaubt ihr, wer ihr seid, ihr Richter und Vollstrecker? Was maßt ihr euch an, im Namen der Gerechtigkeit über Leben und Tod zu entscheiden?

    Welcher Grad an geistiger Armut, moralischer Leere und seelischer Verkrüppelung – welche Perversion muss solchem Denken und Handeln zugrunde liegen…

    In Gottes Namen: HÖRT AUF!

  279. You can't take the CASE out of the CONTEXT !!!

    NOW do you understand ?

    Why even Courtrooms in the South are STILL hung with with the FLAG of the CONFEDERACY ?

    Why a website of the Right openly refers to Troy Davis's execution as "putting THIS DOG down" , just as he was seen as "THIS ANIMAL" here ?

    Why the Rabid, Racist, Reactionary Right today is INCREASINGLY CUT OFF from American PUBLIC opinion & Global PUBLIC opinion ??

    The Right & the Racists don't understand !!

    That the MORE they speak, the MORE people can SEE the REAL FACE of the Right & its Power System which is killing not just one individual but entire SOCIETIES …. including America's !

    The MORE they speak, the CLEARER our Understanding !

  280. You can’t take the CASE out of the CONTEXT !!!

    NOW do you understand ?

    Why even Courtrooms in the South are STILL hung with with the FLAG of the CONFEDERACY ?

    Why a website of the Right openly refers to Troy Davis’s execution as “putting THIS DOG down” , just as he was seen as “THIS ANIMAL” here ?

    Why the Rabid, Racist, Reactionary Right today is INCREASINGLY CUT OFF from American PUBLIC opinion & Global PUBLIC opinion ??

    The Right & the Racists don’t understand !!

    That the MORE they speak, the MORE people can SEE the REAL FACE of the Right & its Power System which is killing not just one individual but entire SOCIETIES …. including America’s !

    The MORE they speak, the CLEARER our Understanding !

  281. Troy's case was so muddled up and his last appeal was so rushed (only 4 hours????), that this was clearly an act of killing (yes, KILLING) someone to atone for things noone wanted to take the time to carefuly look through.
    Appease the officer's family. Appease the officer's law enforcement family. That's all this was. An execution of APPEASEMENT.
    It also involved some racism. No matter how much people want to state that African Americans blame racism on everything, there ARE some cases where it is obvious. He clearly did not commit a crime that involved, go figure a Caucasian cop. For those who are not African-Americans, try it some time (if it were biologically possible)…it's a proud thing, but it's not always so fun or fair.
    When they (those whom OK'd this travesty) do realize what they have done, they will feel like hell inside. When they realize they were as wrong as their deep conscious kept telling them, but they would not listen.
    But GOD victoried, anyway becasue Troy Davis' body, his shell, may be gone, but noone has anything to do with his spirit. God has that. And his spirit and also what he fought for are the most important things!
    SCREW GA and SCREW the way this country & the law run!!

  282. Troy’s case was so muddled up and his last appeal was so rushed (only 4 hours????), that this was clearly an act of killing (yes, KILLING) someone to atone for things noone wanted to take the time to carefuly look through.
    Appease the officer’s family. Appease the officer’s law enforcement family. That’s all this was. An execution of APPEASEMENT.
    It also involved some racism. No matter how much people want to state that African Americans blame racism on everything, there ARE some cases where it is obvious. He clearly did not commit a crime that involved, go figure a Caucasian cop. For those who are not African-Americans, try it some time (if it were biologically possible)…it’s a proud thing, but it’s not always so fun or fair.
    When they (those whom OK’d this travesty) do realize what they have done, they will feel like hell inside. When they realize they were as wrong as their deep conscious kept telling them, but they would not listen.
    But GOD victoried, anyway becasue Troy Davis’ body, his shell, may be gone, but noone has anything to do with his spirit. God has that. And his spirit and also what he fought for are the most important things!
    SCREW GA and SCREW the way this country & the law run!!

  283. The goal has been achieved and many of us are not just happy but Very Happy that that murderous scum has been executed. However, many of us also mourn for the victims of this murderous scum’s crime. many of us recognize the true victim as opposed to you bleeding-heart socialist liberals.

    And for all who want to bash the greatest nation on ths planet, the United States of America, the police, courts and such … why don’t you tell us who the murder was instead of standing at the finish line sceaming bloody murder for the bloody murderer. Tell us who murdered this young father and police officer … and give us the proof.

    Didn’t think so ……………………

    Why are you all focusing on the murderer? Why no concern or long-winded, bitter, finger-pointing, accusation filled rants for the victim of this murderous scum. Why no concern for the police officer and his survivors? Sure, a few of you will utter a brief word or sentence about them but then you go right back to how horrible it is that this murderer is an angel and the world is all wrong? Give me a break …

    Law enforcement got it right, the courts got it right and with God’s help, the soul of Troy Davis got put right where it belongs – in the depths of a burning hell.

    Quit your belly-aching. I thank God for the poison used to put this worthless excuse for a human being to death. Thank God for the execution of Troy Davis. And may God watch over the selfless and ever-watchful eyes of the courts and law enforcement who allowed this execution to happen. Way to many left lingering on Death Row at the expense of the tax payer so I look forward to the next "innocent" murderer's execution.

    Troy Davis has been executed praise God!!

  284. Hey calonie … I have been appeased, VERY appeased.

    And if you don't like this country, go find a communist country where you might fit in better. In other words BEAT IT moron.

    Troy Davis has been executed praise God!!

  285. I am sickened by joy with which O'bert Ermillio views the taking of a human life, any life. Not even the victim's mother expressed such relish at the execution. I did not see her rejoicing in the death of another mother's son – she was glad that it was over, that it was done, that's all.

    As Americans we ALL have the right of freedom of expression and, as Thomas Jefferson put it, the DUTY to change our system if we think it is not working the way it should.

    I suppose that this person would classify me a bleeding heart socialist liberal. For that, I say thank you for acknowledging the fact that I have a heart and that it is capable of bleeding compassion for others. The socialist part – that's ok too as I see that as merely a descriptive term with regard to my personal belief that all humans are "created equal and endowed by their Creator with the inalieable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

    Note here that it is the "Creator" who endows those inalienable rights, not us. The New Testament instructs us to turn the other cheek when one is assaulted and that takes much more strength.

    Remember the fifth commandment as well? " Thou shalt not kill." It is not conditional. It does not have a footnote or exception clause. That means that killing is wrong. Period. No matter who does it and I don't remember anywhere in the Bible where people are granted special privileges to kill for any reason. Even when so and so or this or that are struck down, it is always God who does the striking. So don't praise God that another life was taken, I'm thinking that God would not like that very much.

    To have and express so much anger toward someone (calonie) who expresses a different point of view and horror at a horrible act/event seems, in itself, pathological. I have many conservative friends who don't agree with me on this issue, however, we respect each other's right to differ in opionion and not one of them would revel in the fact that another human being is put to death, even if they see it as a just punishment, nor would any one of them describe themselves as "VERY appeased."

    It costs more for someone to be on death row than to live out their lives in prison. Frankly, I think it is far worse a punishment but murderers should not be elevated to folk icons or media darlings – they should simply be put away and forgotten except for doing some sort of work and earning money that will be given to the victim's family or charity. The way we have it wrong here is that criminals can become high-profile celebrities and that is what draws them to the crime. Some even romanticize their own deaths by using them as death by execution. Remember Timothy McVeigh? The justice system gave him exactly what HE wanted.

    O. Ermillio's thinking and posts brought Timothy McVeigh to mind as strangely reminiscent of the same mentality that can coldly murder 168 men, women and children as justifyable act for the killings at Waco.

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  287. Hey Wanda …. ol' try WAS killed in your name. You can pretend otherwise but that's all it will be – pretend.

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  288. Yes he was, but not with my permission. Thank you for spreading the word and God bless you. I mean it in all sincerity, God Bless you, O'bert Ermillio.

  289. @O'berto Emilio: As Wanda said (besides other good points she made), you are pathological to rejoice in a human death. That makes you a moron. A sick, spiteful one. Are you even human?

    And number one should be this: how dare you use God's name to praise Him for a death. God hates death. He created life & we created our own paths to the grave due to sinning. Get to know God before you talk stupidity and junk. God will whip you. He hears and sees every thought, spoken word and written word you lay down before it happens. Do not try God…He will pay you for it…

    I didn't write a word of insult to anyone so grow up and express an opinion (as I should freely express mine) without name calling. Or are you worse than a child? Even they know when to shut-up.
    Also you are living in fairyland if you think America (orany country for that matter) doesn't have alotta bones in the closet & game-playing that people have the right to be sick of.
    I am staying in this country. Not beatin it.

    When people like Saddam or bin Laden die, I gotta admit it is a relief. But their crimes WERE commited by THEM. No doubt at all. They reaped what the sowed. But I still did not do backflips about it because that is still a life. It's evil to rejoice death & also because if you get a kick outta someon's death it could happen right back. Someone may be glad and toast your death. Karma. Maybe you should go somewhere where the majority do cartwheels and whoop it up when someone gets their LIFE cut off. Somewhere evil. Where that is, I don't know since most people aren't that damn selfish.

    When you find out where you dropped your heart, put it back in your chest fast. You need one..

  290. Wanda, that's right. Go ahead and keep your cool. Why bemad about someone getting on a board picking pre-pubescent fights? O. Ermilio, change your messed up tune before you end up hellbound. Life is not a game. Get out of the sandbox and grow the hell up. Reminder: find that heart while you are at it. The evil will NOT even see the gates of Heaven…will be eternally fried and broiled instead. If you have nothing decent to say, get off this board and read a Bible to calm you down. Knock some sense into that head.

  291. The goal has been achieved and many of us are not just happy but Very Happy that that murderous scum has been executed. However, many of us also mourn for the victims of this murderous scum’s crime. many of us recognize the true victim as opposed to you bleeding-heart socialist liberals.

    And for all who want to bash the greatest nation on ths planet, the United States of America, the police, courts and such … why don’t you tell us who the murder was instead of standing at the finish line sceaming bloody murder for the bloody murderer. Tell us who murdered this young father and police officer … and give us the proof.

    Didn’t think so ……………………

    Why are you all focusing on the murderer? Why no concern or long-winded, bitter, finger-pointing, accusation filled rants for the victim of this murderous scum. Why no concern for the police officer and his survivors? Sure, a few of you will utter a brief word or sentence about them but then you go right back to how horrible it is that this murderer is an angel and the world is all wrong? Give me a break …

    Law enforcement got it right, the courts got it right and with God’s help, the soul of Troy Davis got put right where it belongs – in the depths of a burning hell.

    Quit your belly-aching. I thank God for the poison used to put this worthless excuse for a human being to death. Thank God for the execution of Troy Davis. And may God watch over the selfless and ever-watchful eyes of the courts and law enforcement who allowed this execution to happen. Way to many left lingering on Death Row at the expense of the tax payer so I look forward to the next “innocent” murderer’s execution.

    Troy Davis has been executed praise God!!

  292. Hey calonie … I have been appeased, VERY appeased.

    And if you don’t like this country, go find a communist country where you might fit in better. In other words BEAT IT moron.

    Troy Davis has been executed praise God!!

  293. I am sickened by joy with which O’bert Ermillio views the taking of a human life, any life. Not even the victim’s mother expressed such relish at the execution. I did not see her rejoicing in the death of another mother’s son – she was glad that it was over, that it was done, that’s all.

    As Americans we ALL have the right of freedom of expression and, as Thomas Jefferson put it, the DUTY to change our system if we think it is not working the way it should.

    I suppose that this person would classify me a bleeding heart socialist liberal. For that, I say thank you for acknowledging the fact that I have a heart and that it is capable of bleeding compassion for others. The socialist part – that’s ok too as I see that as merely a descriptive term with regard to my personal belief that all humans are “created equal and endowed by their Creator with the inalieable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

    Note here that it is the “Creator” who endows those inalienable rights, not us. The New Testament instructs us to turn the other cheek when one is assaulted and that takes much more strength.

    Remember the fifth commandment as well? ” Thou shalt not kill.” It is not conditional. It does not have a footnote or exception clause. That means that killing is wrong. Period. No matter who does it and I don’t remember anywhere in the Bible where people are granted special privileges to kill for any reason. Even when so and so or this or that are struck down, it is always God who does the striking. So don’t praise God that another life was taken, I’m thinking that God would not like that very much.

    To have and express so much anger toward someone (calonie) who expresses a different point of view and horror at a horrible act/event seems, in itself, pathological. I have many conservative friends who don’t agree with me on this issue, however, we respect each other’s right to differ in opionion and not one of them would revel in the fact that another human being is put to death, even if they see it as a just punishment, nor would any one of them describe themselves as “VERY appeased.”

    It costs more for someone to be on death row than to live out their lives in prison. Frankly, I think it is far worse a punishment but murderers should not be elevated to folk icons or media darlings – they should simply be put away and forgotten except for doing some sort of work and earning money that will be given to the victim’s family or charity. The way we have it wrong here is that criminals can become high-profile celebrities and that is what draws them to the crime. Some even romanticize their own deaths by using them as death by execution. Remember Timothy McVeigh? The justice system gave him exactly what HE wanted.

    O. Ermillio’s thinking and posts brought Timothy McVeigh to mind as strangely reminiscent of the same mentality that can coldly murder 168 men, women and children as justifyable act for the killings at Waco.

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  295. Hey Wanda …. ol’ try WAS killed in your name. You can pretend otherwise but that’s all it will be – pretend.

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    Wanda, guess what … troy davis has been executed praise God!!

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  296. Yes he was, but not with my permission. Thank you for spreading the word and God bless you. I mean it in all sincerity, God Bless you, O’bert Ermillio.

  297. @O’berto Emilio: As Wanda said (besides other good points she made), you are pathological to rejoice in a human death. That makes you a moron. A sick, spiteful one. Are you even human?

    And number one should be this: how dare you use God’s name to praise Him for a death. God hates death. He created life & we created our own paths to the grave due to sinning. Get to know God before you talk stupidity and junk. God will whip you. He hears and sees every thought, spoken word and written word you lay down before it happens. Do not try God…He will pay you for it…

    I didn’t write a word of insult to anyone so grow up and express an opinion (as I should freely express mine) without name calling. Or are you worse than a child? Even they know when to shut-up.
    Also you are living in fairyland if you think America (orany country for that matter) doesn’t have alotta bones in the closet & game-playing that people have the right to be sick of.
    I am staying in this country. Not beatin it.

    When people like Saddam or bin Laden die, I gotta admit it is a relief. But their crimes WERE commited by THEM. No doubt at all. They reaped what the sowed. But I still did not do backflips about it because that is still a life. It’s evil to rejoice death & also because if you get a kick outta someon’s death it could happen right back. Someone may be glad and toast your death. Karma. Maybe you should go somewhere where the majority do cartwheels and whoop it up when someone gets their LIFE cut off. Somewhere evil. Where that is, I don’t know since most people aren’t that damn selfish.

    When you find out where you dropped your heart, put it back in your chest fast. You need one..

  298. Wanda, that’s right. Go ahead and keep your cool. Why bemad about someone getting on a board picking pre-pubescent fights? O. Ermilio, change your messed up tune before you end up hellbound. Life is not a game. Get out of the sandbox and grow the hell up. Reminder: find that heart while you are at it. The evil will NOT even see the gates of Heaven…will be eternally fried and broiled instead. If you have nothing decent to say, get off this board and read a Bible to calm you down. Knock some sense into that head.

  299. I rejoice in the execution of a piece of murderous scum. And I am happy about it. I'm also happy God angers you by allowing me to rejoice in the fact that God helped us execute a murderous piece of scum even though morons like most of you bleeding-heart socialist liberals whine on and on.

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  300. I rejoice in the execution of a piece of murderous scum. And I am happy about it. I’m also happy God angers you by allowing me to rejoice in the fact that God helped us execute a murderous piece of scum even though morons like most of you bleeding-heart socialist liberals whine on and on.

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  301. O'berto, you old slow coach…stop name-calling, we're no morons as YOU are the one not very good at picking up on things. Read the Bible sometime and what's more, develop a real relationship with Him before it's too late. Stop pretending to know God. God does not condone death. He created life. We as sinning humans have opened our own doors to death and killing each other. He loves life so much that He is going to create a new system where death will no longer be a factor. People will live eternally.
    But since you keep trying to drag God's pristine name in the mud with your Satanic thinking you, a blasphemous creature with no logic and no heart and no soul, may just burn in Hell. Hell is real and it's coming……..what if you DIE IN YOUR SLEEP? Where will you go for such hate when GOD HATES HATE? Duh. You would go to Hell.
    Repent from your blasphemy of God & from your ugliness or be ready to get raped by demons everyday for eternity.
    I'm done. Repent & apologize to God for your hate & misuse of His holy name or die forever.

  302. O’berto, you old slow coach…stop name-calling, we’re no morons as YOU are the one not very good at picking up on things. Read the Bible sometime and what’s more, develop a real relationship with Him before it’s too late. Stop pretending to know God. God does not condone death. He created life. We as sinning humans have opened our own doors to death and killing each other. He loves life so much that He is going to create a new system where death will no longer be a factor. People will live eternally.
    But since you keep trying to drag God’s pristine name in the mud with your Satanic thinking you, a blasphemous creature with no logic and no heart and no soul, may just burn in Hell. Hell is real and it’s coming……..what if you DIE IN YOUR SLEEP? Where will you go for such hate when GOD HATES HATE? Duh. You would go to Hell.
    Repent from your blasphemy of God & from your ugliness or be ready to get raped by demons everyday for eternity.
    I’m done. Repent & apologize to God for your hate & misuse of His holy name or die forever.

  303. I agree with most of you who feel that murdering an innocent man is wrong. That is what that murderous scum troy davis did … murder two innocent men. You all support that.

    Those of you who worship at the feet of this satan-like entity must deal with that on your own. However, I am so pleased that the system worked and this world is minus one evil, murderous scum (your hero).

    I know that murderous scum’s soul will be tortured in hell where it belongs. The rest of you worship an evil entity. So be it ….

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  304. I agree with most of you who feel that murdering an innocent man is wrong. That is what that murderous scum troy davis did … murder two innocent men. You all support that.

    Those of you who worship at the feet of this satan-like entity must deal with that on your own. However, I am so pleased that the system worked and this world is minus one evil, murderous scum (your hero).

    I know that murderous scum’s soul will be tortured in hell where it belongs. The rest of you worship an evil entity. So be it ….

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  305. I'm so indescribably SAD! Stop the death penalty! STOP IT! There was so much doubt about the Davis Case. And if there is only the slightest doubt about something, you can't just kill somebody! He deserves better! At least most of the people realize that the State of Georgia did a mistake and people who retweet, share on facebook, blog, vlog etc or even just think about him – these people honor Troy Anthony Davis (killed on September 21, 2011 after spending 20 years innocent in prison) .

  306. I’m so indescribably SAD! Stop the death penalty! STOP IT! There was so much doubt about the Davis Case. And if there is only the slightest doubt about something, you can’t just kill somebody! He deserves better! At least most of the people realize that the State of Georgia did a mistake and people who retweet, share on facebook, blog, vlog etc or even just think about him – these people honor Troy Anthony Davis (killed on September 21, 2011 after spending 20 years innocent in prison) .

  307. I grieved and grieved over Troy Davis. Seven of the nine witnesses recanted their testimony,. and the other two were two that were in danger of being arrested themselves for the crime, so did not recant their testimony. If you believe that the death penalty is right, then so be it, but it hurts my heart terribly that we as a society brought back this barbaric punishment. What about the "humane punishment" that those found guilty are supposed to receive? In the first place, I have no doubt about Troy Davis' innocence. Many, many famous people were supportive of his innocence as well as many, many citizens around the globe. As the victim of a crime, I will tell you that identifying that person is very hard to do unless you were memorizing their facial characteristics as you were scared out of your mind. I could not identify the perpetrator of a crime against me and a friend, and the police showed us photos, not the actual line up like you see on tv shows. The photos were VERY similar, i.e., all had beards, just like the perp, and I'm sure I misidentified him. All of which is to say that a lot of people are misidentified and if you really looked at Troy's photo, one look at those eyes, and you could tell that he was not capable of the crimes he was executed for. I will also say that when a police person is killed, the whole dept. doesn't stop until they have made an arrest. Troy wrote a letter before he was executed and in no way do I believe he was the gunman. I do not believe it. He wrote a tremendous letter and his soul was already saved for those of you who seem to think you have a monopoly on God's grace. And, if I am wrong, and he did commit the crime he was executed for, he had certainly changed and IMHO, was certainly rehabilitated in those 23 years he was held in prison. I feel the only fair thing to do is to abolish the death penalty. It is not a deterrent to crime. It does not reach thru the fog of drugs that have been injected before a crime has been committed. It's like keeping a child back in school the following year. It has been proven that all that does is put another plus on the probability that that same child will drop out of high school. I believe in a forgiving God, who told us so when He sent His only son to atone for our sins. And no matter what you believe, killing another person by execution is not the job of we human beings. There is one Creator whose job it is to take care of any issues that need His care and it is not up to us. I feel very sorry for Troy's family and for Troy, although I know He is in Heaven with God. And I feel very sorry for this society's members who somehow rationalize that it's a right we have to kill someone because it is thought that they killed someone. It's like spanking a child because they hit someone. It's ludicrous. There is now an Iranian pastor who is being executed maybe as I write this, because he would not give in to the demands that he not be Christian. There is a punishment of execution for him because he won't give into their demands of retracting his belief in Christianity. And today or one day soon, he is due to be killed because he held onto his beliefs. Whenever human beings are involved, things can get out of hand way too quickly. Like one country saying you can't be Christian or you will be executed. Would you maintain your Christian beliefs with that threat?

  308. This is in response to Ed's comments about the Germans killing more people than any other group in history. Ed, do yourself a favor and go back and read about Stalin and his genocides and his tremendously cruel methods of taking loads of people and just leaving them in Siberia in the winter, with no food, nothing to build a shelter with, etc., and you will be shocked. I know I was, because I was not taught about Stalin's crimes in school. And the reality of Hitler's horrible genocide is that in those times, people did not have communication like they do now. So, many, many people had no idea what he was doing. And they kept changing the border of Poland, so one day, you were safe, the next, you were not. In no way are the German or Russian people to blame for the horrors perpetrated by delusional psychopaths. Just think, for a long time, we didn't know the atrocities being committed against the prisoners at Guantanamo. And you can believe that there are a lot of things going on that are classified and information unavailable to us, right this minute. And that is not written as any criticism of our President. I am referring to the CIA and things that are known to their operatives but will never be known to us.

  309. Capital punishment is the most effective means of ensuring that convicted murderers never repeat their dastardly crimes. The truth is that a growing number of convicted killers do indeed repeat their crimes. Amnesty International should come to grips with all those additional murders, and commence a hard-hitting Campaign to Ensure the Death Penalty for all convicted murderers. Decades of additional life for convicted killers – while their slaughtered victims lie in their much-too-early & unrequested graves has to rate as the International Caper of The Decade! Bottom Line: Those who do not respect innocent human life must indeed forfeit their very own life without as much as the bat of an eyelash! Carry on, Georgia, Carry On!

  310. I grieved and grieved over Troy Davis. Seven of the nine witnesses recanted their testimony,. and the other two were two that were in danger of being arrested themselves for the crime, so did not recant their testimony. If you believe that the death penalty is right, then so be it, but it hurts my heart terribly that we as a society brought back this barbaric punishment. What about the “humane punishment” that those found guilty are supposed to receive? In the first place, I have no doubt about Troy Davis’ innocence. Many, many famous people were supportive of his innocence as well as many, many citizens around the globe. As the victim of a crime, I will tell you that identifying that person is very hard to do unless you were memorizing their facial characteristics as you were scared out of your mind. I could not identify the perpetrator of a crime against me and a friend, and the police showed us photos, not the actual line up like you see on tv shows. The photos were VERY similar, i.e., all had beards, just like the perp, and I’m sure I misidentified him. All of which is to say that a lot of people are misidentified and if you really looked at Troy’s photo, one look at those eyes, and you could tell that he was not capable of the crimes he was executed for. I will also say that when a police person is killed, the whole dept. doesn’t stop until they have made an arrest. Troy wrote a letter before he was executed and in no way do I believe he was the gunman. I do not believe it. He wrote a tremendous letter and his soul was already saved for those of you who seem to think you have a monopoly on God’s grace. And, if I am wrong, and he did commit the crime he was executed for, he had certainly changed and IMHO, was certainly rehabilitated in those 23 years he was held in prison. I feel the only fair thing to do is to abolish the death penalty. It is not a deterrent to crime. It does not reach thru the fog of drugs that have been injected before a crime has been committed. It’s like keeping a child back in school the following year. It has been proven that all that does is put another plus on the probability that that same child will drop out of high school. I believe in a forgiving God, who told us so when He sent His only son to atone for our sins. And no matter what you believe, killing another person by execution is not the job of we human beings. There is one Creator whose job it is to take care of any issues that need His care and it is not up to us. I feel very sorry for Troy’s family and for Troy, although I know He is in Heaven with God. And I feel very sorry for this society’s members who somehow rationalize that it’s a right we have to kill someone because it is thought that they killed someone. It’s like spanking a child because they hit someone. It’s ludicrous. There is now an Iranian pastor who is being executed maybe as I write this, because he would not give in to the demands that he not be Christian. There is a punishment of execution for him because he won’t give into their demands of retracting his belief in Christianity. And today or one day soon, he is due to be killed because he held onto his beliefs. Whenever human beings are involved, things can get out of hand way too quickly. Like one country saying you can’t be Christian or you will be executed. Would you maintain your Christian beliefs with that threat?

  311. This is in response to Ed’s comments about the Germans killing more people than any other group in history. Ed, do yourself a favor and go back and read about Stalin and his genocides and his tremendously cruel methods of taking loads of people and just leaving them in Siberia in the winter, with no food, nothing to build a shelter with, etc., and you will be shocked. I know I was, because I was not taught about Stalin’s crimes in school. And the reality of Hitler’s horrible genocide is that in those times, people did not have communication like they do now. So, many, many people had no idea what he was doing. And they kept changing the border of Poland, so one day, you were safe, the next, you were not. In no way are the German or Russian people to blame for the horrors perpetrated by delusional psychopaths. Just think, for a long time, we didn’t know the atrocities being committed against the prisoners at Guantanamo. And you can believe that there are a lot of things going on that are classified and information unavailable to us, right this minute. And that is not written as any criticism of our President. I am referring to the CIA and things that are known to their operatives but will never be known to us.

  312. Capital punishment is the most effective means of ensuring that convicted murderers never repeat their dastardly crimes. The truth is that a growing number of convicted killers do indeed repeat their crimes. Amnesty International should come to grips with all those additional murders, and commence a hard-hitting Campaign to Ensure the Death Penalty for all convicted murderers. Decades of additional life for convicted killers – while their slaughtered victims lie in their much-too-early & unrequested graves has to rate as the International Caper of The Decade! Bottom Line: Those who do not respect innocent human life must indeed forfeit their very own life without as much as the bat of an eyelash! Carry on, Georgia, Carry On!

  313. Troy Davis would be 43 yr-old today, let's continue to take action with Amnesty International..

  314. Troy Davis would be 43 yr-old today, let's continue to take action with Amnesty International

  315. Troy Davis would be 43 yr-old today, let’s continue to take action with Amnesty International..

  316. Troy Davis would be 43 yr-old today, let’s continue to take action with Amnesty International

  317. I am so heartbroken. I cannot say I am suprised the "justice" system is a joke and, I'm not saying it's the worst in the world, but for a place that calls itself "the land of the free", we fail time and again to live up to this standard. So sad, but I feel a little better when I think of the greater power whom these sinful people will stand before one day, Good luck to them answering for this one!

  318. I am so heartbroken. I cannot say I am suprised the “justice” system is a joke and, I’m not saying it’s the worst in the world, but for a place that calls itself “the land of the free”, we fail time and again to live up to this standard. So sad, but I feel a little better when I think of the greater power whom these sinful people will stand before one day, Good luck to them answering for this one!