Troy Davis put to death
September 21st, 2011
11:50 PM ET

Troy Davis put to death

Georgia inmate Troy Davis was executed Wednesday night for the 1989 murder of Mark MacPhail, an off-duty Savannah police officer.

Davis died at 11:08 p.m. ET, according to a prison official. The execution was about four hours later than initially scheduled, because prison officials waited for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Davis' request for a stay.

After 10 p.m. ET, the Supreme Court, in a brief order, rejected Davis' request. His supporters had sought to prevent the execution, saying seven of the nine witnesses against him have recanted or contradicted their testimony.

Below are the developments as they happened. Read the full story here.

[Updated at 11:50 p.m.] Jon Lewis of WSB radio, one of the execution witnesses, gave this account of the minutes before Davis' death:

After the warden read the execution order and asked whether Davis had anything to say, Davis - strapped to a gurney - lifted his head up and looked at the witness area's first row, which was where MacPhail's relatives and friends sat.

“(Davis) made a statement in which he said ... 'Despite the situation you're in, (I) was not the one who did it.' He said he was not personally responsible for what happened that night, that he did not have a gun. He said to the family that he was sorry for their loss, but also said that he did not take their son, father, brother.

"He said to them to dig deeper into this case, to find out the truth. He asked his family and friends to keep praying, to keep working, to keep the faith. And then he said to the prison staff, the ones he said 'are going to take my life,' ... ‘May God have mercy on your souls,’ and his last words to them (were), 'May God bless your souls.'"

Another witness, reporter Rhonda Cook of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper, also gave quotes from Davis. According to her, Davis said: "The incident that night was not my fault. I did not have gun."

"And that’s when he told his friends to continue the fight and 'look deeper into this case so you can really find the truth,'" Cook said.

Davis also said, according to Cook: "For those about to take my life, may God have mercy on your souls, may God bless your souls."

Davis said to the MacPhail family, according to Cook: "I did not personally kill your son, father and brother. I am innocent."

Hours earlier, Davis declined what the prison offered him as a final meal, Cook said.

[Updated at 11:12 p.m.] Davis has been executed, a prison representative has said. The time of death was 11:08 p.m. ET.

[Updated at 10:55 p.m.] Davis' execution is expected to begin between 11:05 to 11:10 p.m. ET, the Georgia Department of Corrections says.

[Updated at 10:36 p.m.] People who'd been protesting for hours across the street from the prison where Davis will be executed are chanting, "We are Troy Davis," CNN's David Mattingly reported.

[Updated at 10:21 p.m.] The U.S. Supreme Court has denied Davis' motion for a stay of execution.

Word of the Supreme Court's decision comes more than three hours after Davis was scheduled to be executed, and more than four hours after Davis' attorneys had filed the motion.

With the ruling, Georgia is expected to proceed with Davis' execution.

[Updated at 10:07 p.m.] The daylong gathering across the street from the prison by Davis' supporters has turned into a candlelight vigil, CNN's Gustavo Valdes reports. Hundreds still are waiting for a resolution. Some are praying, and some others are singing.

[Updated at 9:41 p.m.] The Rev. Raphael Warnock said he was standing with Davis' relatives on the grounds of the prison when they heard the execution wouldn't happen at the scheduled time.

"I was standing with the family at about 7 p.m. By that time, of course, naturally, we were expecting the worst," Warnock, a pastor to Davis' family, told CNN's Piers Morgan. "Suddenly we began to hear cheers from the crowd across the way, and the word came that the execution had been delayed.

"Certainly we're glad that Troy Davis is still alive, but we are still witnessing, in my estimation, a civil right violation and a human rights violation in the worst way unfold before our very eyes. This is Troy Davis’ fourth execution date. I’m glad that he’s alive, but that in and of itself is cruel and unusual punishment. America can do much better than this."

Asked if Davis had had what would have been offered as a last meal, Warnock indicated that Davis might have skipped it.

“I do know that on the last time he received an execution warrant, he refused his last meal," Warnock said. "I spoke earlier tonight with his nephew ... and he said his uncle would refuse his last meal again today. He has continued to insist that this is not his last meal. I must say to you that he evinces a faith that is just amazing, even to me as his pastor."

[Updated at 9:05 p.m.] The number of police officers standing outside the Georgia prison housing Davis has risen to more than 100, CNN's David Mattingly reported. The officers are watching protesters, who've been across the street for hours.

The crowd has been orderly, Mattingly said. While it had been chanting for much of the day, they're "probably as quiet as I’ve heard them all night," Mattingly reported.

[Updated at 8:55 p.m.] Dozens of people have gathered outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., in support of Davis, footage from CNN affiliate WJLA shows.

Still no ruling from the court on Davis' request for a stay of execution.

[Updated at 8:39 p.m.] This video report from CNN's David Mattingly, made about 40 minutes ago, shows the people who've been protesting across the street from the prison where Davis is being held, and the police officers in riot gear who are in front of the prison, watching the protesters.

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[Updated at 8:19 p.m.] The mother of the police officer that Davis was convicted of killing told CNN's Anderson Cooper that she is "absolutely devastated" that the execution has yet to happen.

“I’m absolutely devastated because I want it over with. ... They’ve been through the courts four times there in Georgia. They’ve been to the Supreme Court three times," Anneliese MacPhail said in an interview from her home, referring to previous delays. "This delay, again, is very upsetting and I think very unfair to us."

"I'd like to close this book," she said. "We feel (Davis is) guilty. The evidence and everything that we have seen - that I have seen , because I’ve been to all the trials - he is guilty, and I believe in that. And so does the rest of my family.”

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[Updated at 8:10 p.m.] The time that the U.S. Supreme Court is taking to rule on Davis' motion for a stay of execution is unusual, CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said. "Usually, it’s handled pretty promptly," Toobin said.

Davis' lawyers filed the motion at about 6 p.m., an hour before Davis' scheduled execution. The state attorney general's office filed a response shortly afterward.

The two hours that the court has had the motion is "not a long time, but it's long enough for (the nine justices) to respond and say, 'Go ahead,'" Toobin said. "So it does suggest that they’re taking this seriously, and there may be some disagreement.”

[Updated at 7:43 p.m.] After a brief moment of jubilation upon hearing that the execution hasn't yet happened, Davis' supporters - who have gathered outside the grounds of the prison where he is being held - are regrouping and talking about what might be next, CNN's Emma Lacey-Bordeaux reports. "Troy Davis can never die" is a common theme.

The state of Georgia isn't proceeding with the execution until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on Davis' request for a stay. Davis' attorneys filed the request about an hour before Davis' scheduled 7 p.m. execution.

Davis' supporters, who had been chanting, are now letting out cheers as drivers pass and honk their horns. Otherwise, the mood is tense as they wait for a development, Lacey-Bordeaux reports.

[Updated at 7:26 p.m.] The state of Georgia hasn't yet proceeded with the execution of Troy Davis, because it is waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on his request for a stay, CNN's Bill Mears reports.

Davis had been scheduled to be executed at 7 p.m. ET. His attorneys filed a motion asking the Supreme Court for a stay about an hour before the scheduled execution time.

[Updated at 7:06 p.m.] Inside the grounds of the prison where Davis is scheduled to be executed, about 100 people, including Davis' sister, have formed a tight circle and are praying and singing, CNN's Gustavo Valdes reports.

[Updated at 6:32 p.m.] Davis' attorneys have filed a motion with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking for a stay of execution, the court has said. No decision yet.

[Updated at 6:28 p.m.] Earlier, this blog mentioned a protest outside the White House against Troy Davis' scheduled execution. Here is video of the protest:

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[Updated at 6:20 p.m.] CNN's David Mattingly notes that according to the state Department of Corrections' schedule, Davis would have been offered a mild sedative, to calm his nerves, at 6 p.m.

[Updated at 5:58 p.m.] Davis' supporters outside the Jackson, Georgia, prison where he is to be executed are growing louder, CNN's David Mattingly reports. Frequent chants include: "Death Row? Hell No!" and "Free Troy Davis."

[Updated at 5:54 p.m.] CNN's David Mattingly notes that Davis, who had been scheduled for execution three previous times, "has never been as close to dying as he is at this hour." A previous scheduled execution was called off more than two hours before it was to happen; this time, Davis is a little more than an hour from the scheduled time.

"He has already said goodbye to friends and family visiting today," Mattingly writes. "He's been served his last meal. Everyone is waiting to see if a last-minute appeal now working it's way up the legal system might somehow stop or delay Troy Davis' pending appointment with lethal injection."

[Updated at 5:41 p.m.] The Georgia Supreme Court says it has unanimously denied a stay of execution for Troy Davis.

The court also denied his request for another appeal to be heard.

His attorneys will now ask the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the execution - Davis' last hope, CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said.

"The United States Supreme Court has a procedure in place. They know when executions are coming; they are expecting an application, so I expect this will be acted on fairly quickly. ... It’s unlikely that a stay will be granted, but that possibility exists, and that’s Troy Davis’ only hope," Toobin said.

[Updated at 4:33 p.m.] With one eye on the clock, celebrity supporters of Troy Davis are using their platforms to continue to spread the word about the Georgia inmate.

[Updated at 4:31 p.m.] A Butts County Superior Court judge has declined to halt the execution of Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis, scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Davis’ attorney Brian Kammer tells CNN the appeal is now being brought before the Georgia Supreme Court.

[Updated at 4:14 p.m.] Davis saw 25 visitors Wednesday during the six-hour window (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) he was allowed to receive them before his scheduled 7 p.m. execution, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.

The visitors included relatives, friends, clergy and an attorney.

[Updated at 3:06 p.m.] A look at Davis' schedule today at the Jackson, Georgia, prison where he is scheduled to be executed at 7 p.m., from CNN's John Murgatroyd:

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Visitation with family, friends, clergy and/or attorneys.

3 p.m.: Will undergo a physical.

4 p.m.: Last meal offered.

5 p.m.: Opportunity to record final statement.

6 p.m.: An optional sedative will be offered.

[Updated at 3:02 p.m.]  About 100 people have gathered outside the White House in Washington, D.C., protesting Davis' scheduled execution in Georgia. The crowd consists mostly of students from Washington's Howard University, CNN's Lesa Jansen and Bob Kovach report.

One of the protesters, Howard graduate student Tamatha Scott, said in a CNN iReport video that the students marched from Howard to the White House, responding to student leaders' call to protest on Twitter.

“I started seeing the tweets about it late last night. It has been a very peaceful protest,” Scott said.

CNN's Lesa Jansen took this photo of the protest:

[Updated at 2:38 p.m.] An example of the high-profile support that Davis has received: Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey, posted the following to his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon:

"The State should not be executing Troy Davis. . . if there is even a chance that he is innocent, why execute?"

Davis has gained international support. Public figures including Pope Benedict XVI, Desmond Tutu and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, entertainers such as Susan Sarandon, Harry Belafonte and the Indigo Girls, and others have joined with Amnesty International, the NAACP and other groups in supporting Davis' efforts to be exonerated. On Wednesday, the French Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying it "deeply regrets" the parole board's decision.

[Updated at 2:32 p.m.] Outside the Jackson, Georgia, prison where Davis is to be executed at 7 p.m., many of the speakers have struck hopeful notes, and some say they hope to change the system for the future, CNN's Emma Lacey-Bordeaux reports.

Many are holding hand-lettered signs, with messages such as, "Spare Troy Davis." Some have produced signs showing Davis' picture and the message, "NAACP says too much doubt."

One of the signs carried outside the Jackson prison refers to the NAACP's stance.

[Updated at 1:34 p.m.] Dozens of people have already gathered at the prison in Jackson, Georgia, where Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET, CNN's Gustavo Valdes reported.

People gather Wednesday outside the prison in Jackson, Georgia, where Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed.

The Rev. Al Sharpton is among those at the site.

The group is praying and holding hands, Valdes reported.

[Updated at 1:28 a.m. ET]  The Georgia Department of Corrections told CNN it has denied a request by Troy Davis' lawyers to conduct a polygraph test.

[Updated at 10:16 a.m. ET] The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has declined to reconsider its decision denying clemency to Troy Davis.

Supporters of Davis have been hoping that some last-ditch efforts might help save him from being executed on Wednesday night. Earlier Wednesday, his team filed an appeal asking to stay his execution.

[Posted at 9:13 a.m. ET] Attorneys for Troy Davis, facing execution in Georgia at 7 p.m. Wednesday, have filed a request to stay his execution in Butts County Superior Court.

Davis is scheduled to die by lethal injection Wednesday night in Jackson, Georgia, for the 1989 shooting death of off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail.

The parole board declined to grant Davis clemency Tuesday following a hearing Monday in which it heard testimony calling into question physical evidence and witness statements that a Chatham County jury relied on in convicting Davis in 1991. In Georgia, only the board - not the governor - has the right to grant clemency.

Since Davis' conviction, seven of the nine witnesses against him have recanted or contradicted their testimony. Davis' supporters say the original witnesses were fearful of police and spoke under duress.

Other witnesses also have since come forward with accounts that call Davis' conviction into question, according to his supporters.

soundoff (5,817 Responses)
  1. Erik

    I believe that if a person is guilty of a crime such as murder, they should be executed IF AND ONLY IF there is zero doubt that they committed the crime. In this instance, there are too many unanswered questions in my mind to have executed this man. If there is no murder weapon, no DNA evidence, Jurors changing their testimony ect. This is obnoxious and embarrassing to know that the judicial system would not reconsider, especially since the execution was postponed THREE times! Does this not show any doubt that they have the right person??? This move was irresponsible of the courts and of anyone who had enough influence to change the course.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. whodunnit

    You do the crime, you do the time. Justice system needs to stand firm, enough criminals slip by what about the girl that killed her daughter......out of jail free card. Enough of this because I am black, pretty, rich, famous, crap. Who was this guy hanging with to be convicted anyways? Birds of a feather flock together. He is no different than anyone else on death row, they all claim innocense. Finally, a justice system that can stand firm only today to murders, cop killers, rapist and molesters. I do feel bad for both families, they are victims as well today.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Becky

      So you think this is "fair" despite the fact that there was no compelling evidence?

      You and I are both driving down Main Street in red pickup trucks. I hit a child on a bike and the child dies. Witnesses saw that a red truck hit the girl.

      You get arrested on the word of 9 people that saw you hit the child with your truck. You are executed based on no other evidence than the words of a few people.

      I'd like to see you say it's "justice'" then.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaxman

      Yeah Becky, your analogy is spot on. There were two black men shooting guns at Burger King but they got the wrong one. My God, I hope you aren't a sample of the average person. BTW, try 30+ witnesses.

      September 22, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Derrique Stuckey

    Have fun in Hell, Davis! Guess you guys couldn't 'pray away' the execution now, could you? Maybe that's God's way of laughing at you. As for THIS atheist, I'm going to bed. Next time, leave your race cards at home. Deuces.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Meow

    This is getting to be a little ridiculous, how many of you have been following this case from the beginning? How many of you were at this man's TWO trials. I understand and respect being against the death penalty, even though I do not necessarily share your views but where was your shame with the other 5 people who have been executed this week? Where was your shame before this moment. Grow up, all I see is a bunch of hipsters who are clinging to an issue so they have an excuse to say that their life is unfair. The REAL victims are only those who are involved in this case on both sides. The rest of us, need to leave butt out and quit acting so indignant.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Murka justice system is a joke

    How did they convict Troy with NO hard evidence? Yet a harlet like Casey Anthony is aquitted of killing her child because LACK OF EVIDENCE? 2 tiers of justice in this nation: the one that gets celebs off of murder charges and the one for the average citizen where being caged like an animal is our only option.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Texas#1

    This dog finally had his day! Praise the state of Georgia and the Supreme Court! They got it right!

    September 21, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Derrique Stuckey

      wOOt!!

      September 21, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pitbull

      Im in favor of the death penalty when it has the right person. But why rush it? if the state of georgia knows they have the right man. then why not prove it and give the people what they want? sounds to me like Georgia didnt want t obe proven wrong. I dont think they had the right man. But now we will never know.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tired of political whimps

    the fact that obama did not intervene in this case and had the whitehouse claim it would be inappropriate for the president to get involved in a specific case is pathetic. His strategy of seeking the safe politicql ground has alienated me as a voter and contributor; its time to run a real candidate against this symbol of change that clearly is not an agent of change

    September 21, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bergen

    Today, the United States and the State of Georgia killed an innocent man! Doubt existed...

    September 21, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texas#1

      In they eyes of the law, not in public opinion, this man was convicted multiple times and each time he failed miserably to prove his innocence. Rot in hell Davis!

      September 21, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Franklin Stein

    About time. Now let's pick up the pace, get serious, and find a heinous and fitting termination for the rest of the murderers, rapists, pedophiles at an epic rate. Let God sort em out.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Becky

      It is not man's place to judge

      September 21, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Derrique Stuckey

      Becky – – Yes, it is. God says "Judge and BE judged". In other words, Davis took it upon himself to judge his fellow man by blowing their brains out. Now, he was judged, tried, and executed BY his fellow man. Since God doesn't directly smite people anymore, he established capital punishment. You know, 'eye for an eye'?

      September 21, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Inri

    America's dealth penalty should be abolished for the simple fact there's far too much room for error. For the simple fact that only the poor and poor minority are likely to be sent to deathrow. Whereas a cute little white chick from Florida can admit to dumping her baby's corpse in the woods for the wildlife to tear apart and she's found not guilty. ONLY IN AMERICA are class and money the driving force behind whether an innocent person can be executed and a middle-classed to wealthy person, who is obviously guilty, be found "NOT GUILTY!" Way to go ameriKa! So much for being the champions of human rights around the world. No wonder other countries snub and laugh at U.S. when we claim to be the essence of what human rights is suppose to stand for.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dot8

    I bet we can cut down on murder cases by preaching the Ten Commandments, a lost faith practice.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • L. Bovine

      Yeah, especially that one that says "Thou shalt not kill." Which, by the way, does NOT exempt the state. Peace out.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Susan AZ

    Today i am ashamed to be an AMERICAN. The supreme court has WHITE SHEETS on their heads and have thrown us back into the days of slavery. A BLACK MAN is convicted without any evidence, except witness testimony (WHICH 7 OF 9 WAS RECANTED) BUT A WHITE WOMAN KILLS HER DAUGHTER AND GOES FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am ASHAMED TO BE AN AMERICAN TODAY. You just KILLED an INNOCENT MAN!

    September 21, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaxman

      Then LEAVE you ignorantass! There were 30+ witnesses but please don't use facts idiot!

      September 21, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • mel

      And OJ murdered two innocent people in cold blood and got by with it. Yes, the justice system in America is screwed up.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dirt Diggler

      Today, I'm proud to be an American where their is liberty and JUSTICE for ALL....justice was served tonight.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ma'at

      Jaxman, I suppose you missed the memo that there were conflicting stories and recanted witness accounts, you dumba$$. Also, can you explain why that b!tch got away with killing her little girl?!?!?! And stop making us Americans look like idiots with your childish, ignorant rants of not discussing and getting out - if you missed memo #2 let me inform you that this has become a global issue that other countries and even the Pope has commented on.

      September 22, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
    • See Ya

      Why don't you move across our southern borders into Mexico and see how they deal with their people.

      September 22, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Ma'at

      After you. I hope you know Spanish. 8)

      September 22, 2011 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Jaxman

      Ma'at, your idiocy is mind boggling. Based on your logic, he should go free since Casey Anthony was found not guilty? Did you sit on the jury? Hmmmm, my guess is no. Yet, he was found guilty by his peers, mostly black I might add, and numerous appeals. So, exactly how many witnesses are enough? Apparently there are never enough for you. I will gladly debate anything with your ignorantass. But, hey OTHER COUNTRIES and his HOLINESS has interjected so we should just do what THEY say....because everyone knows the Pope was juror #6. Idiot.

      September 22, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Ma'at

      Jaxman, your IDIOCY is embarrassing. Based on your response, you do not want to even address the Casey Anthony case nor acknowledge ALL OF THE ABUNDANCE of evidence in this particular that may indicate there is doubt. WHEN IN DOUBT DO NOT EXECUTE. Did you sit on the jury to prove his guilt? Hmmmm, my guess is you don't even have all of the evidence in front of you to analyze it and you would flippantly kill a potentially innocent fellow human being. Even some of his 'peers, mostly black' as you added, began to doubt his guilt. So, it's obvious you feel comfortable just rushing ahead with committing more murder for your own questionable reasons!? He would still be in jail, so why take that chance of murdering a potentially innocent American? You're not really debating if you're not directly addressing the issues or arguments thrown your way. If OTHER COUNTRIES and his HOLINESS have interjected, you must wonder why they would go so out of their way if this was so irrelevant. DUMBA$$, we all know MY HOLINESS was not juror #6.

      September 22, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ma'at

    I am ashamed of the very un-Christian, inhumane, illogical, and unfair values my fellow-countrymen and judicial system have exemplified, yet again. My condolences to both families.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Francesca

    It is an appalling condemnation of the American Nation that this man has been executed.

    Personally I believe he was innocent. If the authorities were so sure of the original verdict, why were they so scared to have a re-trial? Why would they not allow him to take a polygraph test?

    Worst of all has been the awful handling tonight... granting a temporary stay and then simply going ahead and executing him anyway.

    For Troy, he is now one with the Infinite Love & Light of the Universe. For Martina, his Mother and the rest of his family who have held him in their hearts all these years.... there is grief & sadness.

    To Mark Macphail's family: it is a tragedy he was killed. But if you believe that by another man dying that this somehow "rights a wrong" you are sadly mislead. It does not bring him back, it is not what Jesus (who I understand you follow) would have wanted.

    I agree with Ricardo.. it is not for any human being to judge another. There is way too much judgement in our so called "civilized" society.. which thinks it is fine to slaughter thousands of people in another country for money.

    The Human Race.... here we are 2000 years after Jesus preached LOVE and we are still killing others.

    This is sad news indeed. My prayers are with the Davis family and with the Macphail family.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • mel

      Yea who gives a sh** about Mark's family. He's dead and gone. This man was convicted 22 years ago and should have already been executed. A hate crime if ever there was one. It's not about righting a wrong or rehabilitation. It's called punishment. Plain and simple.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. quietmom

    God be with the innocent.

    September 21, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
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