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.

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  1. Virgo

    'In Georgia, only the board — not the governor — has the right to grant clemency.'

    Sooooooo.....they are trying to have a stay of execution to go up before the same board again in the future? Sigh. What do you think the outcome will be? Again?

    September 21, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • whatsupdude

      But what are their other options? You can only go to this board for clemency. They're stuck it seems. I don't understand why the board doesn't see what the rest of us see – or why they don't want to see it.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • ick

      I certainly do not see an innocent man, that is sure. I am guessing there is probably a 99 percent chance he shot that cop. The casings from the murder weapon match those of the gun he was toting around earlier that day with which he pistol whipped someone with and shot another man in the face with. Can't guarantee they are from the same weapon, but sure is a very unlikely conicidence. The reason there is such a controversy is that there is a death penalty in this case. If the dude would have got life in prison without parole, this would likely not even be an issue. The only thing that changed in this is the eyewitness testimony, in which the recanted testimony is less compelling than the testimony that condemned this man. Obviously the board believes the prosecution had enough physical evidence to eliminate the eye witness testimony. Last thing that should happen is for this guy to be set free.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • anappo

      Please, before anyone replys anymore. He did admit shooting a man in the face at a pool party. Then later in the evening he admitted pistol whipping a man at a convenient store. Minutes later a cop was shot in the face on the same street. The shell casings were from the same weapon. Sure, some witnesses say they were pressured from the police. im sure they were. Come on people. All the witnesses never said he didnt do it, even in their recants. Before you listen to the media position the story the way they want you to hear it. Read the 172 page report from Judge Moore. He lists all the testimony from everyone. Then make your own decision.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • d

      @ ick who said: "I certainly do not see an innocent man, that is sure. I am guessing there is probably a 99 percent chance he shot that cop."
      So you are ok with the 1% chance he didnt do it but still gets executed to satisfy the cops wife?

      September 21, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • SweeTeaNoVa

      This makes Georgia look REALLY bad. Georgia's state song should be "that's the night that the lights went out in Georgia".
      Georgia doesn't seem to have changed much since the 1800's or least it doesn't appear to have changed a bunch.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • read the article dude

      Dude-the stay of execution was filed in a court of law, which is kind of standard for stays. What has that got to do with the board and their clemency determination? (Hint: nothing)

      September 21, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      "He did admit shooting a man in the face at a pool party. Then later in the evening he admitted pistol whipping a man at a convenient store."

      annapo: No. Troy Davis never admitted to either of these things. Davis claims that he wasn't even at the party. Nobody saw Davis at the pool party. Cooper said he didn't know Davis and couldn't think of any reason Davis would have shot him. Cooper did not see who shot him. Davis said Coles pistol-whipped the homeless guy.

      Coles admits driving near the party, admits having a .38 cal in his possession, admits arguing with the homeless guy (but claims Davis was the one who pistol-whipped him), and says he saw Davis kill MacPhail. There is a witness named Washington who says Coles shot MacPhail.

      Stop spreading misinformation. Davis never admitted to the other two crimes.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Aony

      [Quote]Obviously the board believes the prosecution had enough physical evidence to eliminate the eye witness testimony. Last thing that should happen is for this guy to be set free.[/Quote]
      It's ridiculous to think there is enough physical evidence when the prosecutor couldn't even find the weapon.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      "Davis claims that he wasn't even at the party."

      Actually, strike that. Davis did admit being at the party. He never, however, admitted to shooting Cooper or pistol-whipping Young. He said that Coles assaulted Young.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • yeltzin

      well many are 1 percent sure elvis is alive and well.... there are witnesses! 12 people saw him fighting with mama cass over the laqst jelly doughnut at a convenience store in waxahachie. When elvis realized people had spotted him he ran and jumped into a spaceship that had a confederate flag decal on it's side and flew off into space.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • ick

      @d My point is that he should not walk. 1% in my book is not enough to be considered reasonable doubt. The only way anyone could be 100% sure is if they witnessed the murder first hand. Otherwise you have to make a judgement based on the evidence, which is compelling enough to eliminate reasonable doubt. Another point I was trying to make is that this is only an issue because the death penalty is in play. If there was no death penalty, life without parole would likely be an acceptable sentence for the majority of the people protesting this case.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Bobbb


      September 21, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thor

      What is "reasonable doubt" ? Does anyone know here?

      September 21, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • anappo

      172 page report....

      September 21, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • RickyL gave a perfectly good explanation as to why an execution should not be carried out.

      Have Davis serve life and at least give him a chance to have his innocence proved.....or serve the sentence, which is no picnic.

      September 21, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sunnysout

      To 'D', I am just fine with the 1 % chance that he may not have killed the cop. It's not likely that would be the case. He is a bad man and has made volitale decisions. Is it a coincedence that his gun had same shells as what were found with the other man he shot in the face? I am so tired of bleeding hearts who will go out on a limb for a very clearly dangerous character, providing all the support to have his sentence changed. Meanwhile, a family of a man who was just doing his frigging job is learning how to live without their loved one. Why all the hub bub for someone who has no regard for human life? He is a LOSER!! He has a history of a career criminal, so yes, lets just go right on out there and raise our fists in support of this life sucker. He will get exactly what is coming to him and I will applaud the state of Georgia for upholding the decision. At least GA tax payers won't have to pay for his 3 hots and a cot anymore.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rstlne

      @ Thor – Reasonable doubt means that the proposition being presented by the prosecution must be proven to the extent that there could be no "reasonable doubt" in the mind of a "reasonable person" that the defendant is guilty. There can still be a doubt, but only to the extent that it would not affect a reasonable person's belief regarding whether or not the defendant is guilty. If doubt does affect a "reasonable person's" belief that the defendant is guilty, the jury is not satisfied beyond "reasonable doubt". The precise meaning of words such as "reasonable" and "doubt" are usually defined within jurisprudence of the applicable country. – Wikipedia

      September 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jean Sartre, WI

      Most people from the state of Georgia made many bad decisions 22 years ago and they are alos LOSERS... I know, lets murder all of them too!

      September 21, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justice

      This is gotta end soon. Execute him and lets move on.

      September 21, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      @annapo: Troy Davis himself never admitted to any of the crimes. The only part that states Troy Davis admitted is based on the testimony of witnesses who have later rencanted. Also did you read the part where the witness says Troy Davis admitted but said he didn't believe his story? So again, like Bruce sugested, please get the information correct before spouting off misinformation.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • romw2894

      Save your breath Anappo. No amount of logic will convince any anti death sentence protester that a murderer committed the crime. No amount of evidence will either. They are ONLY interested in stopping the death penalty. They are not interested in Troy Davis per se. They will now move on to the next case. They will make up more stories. None of them have read anything factual about the case...and prefer to only listen to what the activists and celebs tell them. They are little more than sheep.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lan

    @Virgo indeed. And the whole debacle will start again in 30 days probably.
    This is insane. Why don't they just grant him a new trial? The problem is that as he is now convicted, he will have to PROVE INNOCENCE, not have them prove guilt, beyond a reasonable doubt. And we all know you can't prove a negative.
    So a new trial, where the parameters are set back to zero, as it were, and they have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt again is the fairest solution.

    September 21, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Jean Sartre, WI

      Great point!

      That is why it will NEVER hapen; unless the SUPREMES enter, once again, into this horrible situation, Troy Davis is HISTORY at 7p today...

      September 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • mjsmith

      @lynn – he was convicted by a jury of his peers, 7 of which were black. He has had many retrials. His defense could not prove his innocence. the prosecution proved he was guilty!

      September 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JACK


    September 21, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Soljagurl

      AMEN!!! @ Jack. People see a black man and he HAD to do it. If the evidence was there for a white man they would let him "stay", they would let him "appeal" again, I guess our Bill of Rights is a Bill of MAYBE's.....Let's get it together!!!

      September 21, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • pauline

      Soljagurl: You are wrong in your assumption that they want to put him to death just b/c of his skin color. A jury of 7 blacks and 5 whites gave him the death penalty based on a case of evidence. That being said, I pray that they DO NOT put this man to death. The death penalty is wrong. Also, there IS a racial bias in giving out the death penalty especially in the South.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • An American

      @soljagurl, why does it have to be a racial thing now? It is not that at all, but, in my opinion, when evidence exists which creates Reasonable Doubt, it needs to be thoroughly explored before a Death Sentence can be carried out. The Doubt is bountiful here and it is an injustice not to re-open the case. This country needs to get away from the race issue. Justice for all Americans is the point. No one is oppressed in this country anymore, unless you want to say everyone who is not Upper Class, but, that is for another discussion.

      @Pauline – I agree with you that the concept of the Death Penalty is wrong. The only one who should be able to take our life is God. But, until it can be abolished, it is important that we take up individual battles in support of Innocent people.

      September 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh Yeah Ok

      Soljagurl or w/e your name is- Wow why can't black people move on already. You or ANY OTHER BLACK PERSON WAS NOT ALIVE DURING SLAVERY SO GET OVER IT!

      September 21, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sunnysout

      It's so easy to play the race card. I am so over that. The thing I find amusing, the very race that has worked so hard for equality is the first to play the card. Society will never move on from a black/white stigma unless we bury the race card. Are black people okay with burying that card, or is abandoning that practice too scary?

      September 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sunnysout

      Until all can live with the opinion and discipline that only God can take a life, long live the Death Penalty.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • realitypolice

      @soljagirl: Yes of course, every execution is about race. That's why the last execution in the US was of a white supremacist in Texas. Did you protest his execution, too?

      September 21, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamison

      @ Soljagurl seriously sweetie looks like you might be a racist one yourself.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • LadyP

      Am American you need to wake up dear heart! This judicial system is not a fair system when it comes to African Americans ESPECIALLY AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN!!!! LEt me make it a little clearer for you, had this been the other way around, he would be spending life in prison point blank period! WHy? You ask because GA is a prejudice state always has been always will!!!!

      September 21, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cleopatra

      Lady P you are right.. and Soljagurl... these people don't realize that racism is alive and well in the United States..

      September 22, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mark

    The most disturbing thing about this disturbing reality that he cannot be the only one. Don’t tell me we’ve not executed innocent people. It MUST have happened.
    It’s a numbers game, surely?
    Irreversible punishment is a very dangerous game indeed.

    September 21, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • ricardo

      you're right. that is reason enough for the abolition of this medieval practice, shared by iran, myanmar, china, the taliban, saudi arabia...
      if killing doesn't put you off, the certainty that at some point a mistake will be made (or the cops will abuse their power and frame someone) and an innocent peron will die.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • ridiculous

      Lets see. After serving 40 years in prison we find out the guy is innocent. But since we didn't execute him, we can reverse that punishment and he gets that 40 years back and starts all over. What's that? Years lost in prison aren't reversible either, you say? Fine. No more punishing the murderers.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Aony

      @ridiculous : So you are ok with innocent people being killed? I hope you'd never be in that predicament.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • yeltzin

      just wook at those big bwown eyes and see this teddy bear could never have shot anyone in the face and pistol whipped another with the same gun – even if he confessed to exactly that. It is just a coincidence that the same gun he used in the crimes he admitted to was used to kill the officer who just happened to arrive at the scene where he had just pistol whipped a homeless man. Maybe some stranger grabbed his gun and shot the cop, yeah – that's the ticket!

      September 21, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Death Penalty

      good post! when we KNOW that humans aren't 100% perfect, and errors will be made. how can we support a system that takes away a life, if it can't be 100% infallible????? especially when we know that there are disadvantages built into the system, i.e. race, socioeconomic status, geography, and culture. We know rich folks tend to get better lawyers, and tend to win trials, or at very least avoid death penalty - poor folks get court-appointed lawyers, who tend to not work as hard to gather all evidence. Also, not saying this is a race issue in this case, but we do KNOW that race matters - black men receive death penalty at substantially higher rates than other races. Moreover, Southerners tend to convict and give death penalty more than other regions. It is really hard to justify taking lives (the ultimate punishment) in the name of retribution and deterrence, when we absolutely KNOW and can predict the erroneous administration of the death penalty.

      Is it fair for ONE innocent man to die, in justification of a system that is not 100%??? I do not believe so.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • hang himnow1111

      Tell the cops little girl that the gun man should walk.NOT He is guilty and needs to be hung.Can i buy the rope.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      We are sure he did it, we have witnesses to the actual murder. Of the witnesses to that murder three were members of the Air Force, who saw the shooting from their van in the Burger King drive-in lane and were able to positively identify Davis as the shooter. These men SAW the much more evidence do you need then that. How about the jury of 7 blacks and 5 whites took only TWO hours to convict him of murder, does that help you?

      September 21, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      @ridiculous : So you are ok with innocent people being killed? I hope you'd never be in that predicament.

      FYI, innocent people were killed, 22 years ago in this case in particular

      September 22, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. Teragon

    Execute this trash already!

    September 21, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Numd1

      You're what's wrong with this country

      September 21, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Bobbb


      September 21, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh Yeah Ok

      Why because I beleive in what is right?

      September 21, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      Not near as much as the rest of the world.

      September 21, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • TexanforPerry

      Too many murderers in jail?

      September 21, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • csillagg

      Yes, that is what I would like to know! United States is the only western country that still has the death penalty! Why?!?!?
      What kind of a society/country we live in, if we put an innocent man to death...How can we live with that!? There are many questions...How can a person who will do the execution sleep tonight...or any other night...No one cares? or has compassion anymore? Very shallow country...that we care more about the stupid reality shows and celebrities...than what really's time we all wake up...
      I am praying...and hoping...that someone will wake up on time...
      Yes, I would also like to know....where is Obama???

      September 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tommy

      Who are you talking to? What's wrong with this country is the death penalty, however, more than's the people that do things that cause the death penalty.....

      September 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • veteranman

      HE was convicted by his peers. Now witnesses pressured by the "save them all" group tries to get them to reconsider or change their minds, doubt themselves, so now he should walk? Hardly. He stood over a final victim, and made his choice. Now they try to change it as they dont like death penalties, regardless the culprit and do it no matter the evdience.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • TEE


      September 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • veteranman

      You realy are NUMBD and clueless........forget the reality, forget the truth, just coz he is black he should be set free from a judgement of his usual, hes only in jail coz of his color, forget that gun in his hands he killed and beat people with, hes righteous, like you, hm, like you, NUMBD and clueless

      September 21, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Disgusted

      Is Numd1 short for Nimrod?

      September 21, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony


      September 21, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      we don't put criminals to death in a timely manner is what is wrong.

      September 21, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • d

      If it is proven after his death that he is innocent, would you be willing to be executed, or maybe let you child be executed in exchange for calling for this man to die? You, and others like you are the reason he most likely will be executed. So are you willing to take that gamble

      September 21, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      He confessed to shooting someone in the face.... So, yea, I will take that bet.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      No. Troy Davis never admitted to shooting Cooper in the face.

      Please stop spreading this nonsense.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank Frost

      He did no such thing. It was the coerced witnesses who identified him. Get your facts straight, or you will have blood on your hands.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Morgan

      I just heard of this story, however, just b/c one confess does not mean he/she is guilty. I am sure you have heard of stories where some1 has confess to some crime but later it was revealed that person did not do what police/DA said. In Illinois there have been plenty of convictions over-turned b/c the person was NOT guilty. I believe that the GUILTY should pay for their crime! I am concern that the DA(s) sometime prosecute people that they know they can convict.

      September 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • RickyL

      Davis confessed to nothing.

      September 21, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Who did he confess to?

      A jail informant granted some deal,

      September 21, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam9

      Great point, nobody's ever made a false confession because of duress before.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry of Boston

      Actually he never confessed - 2 people in jail said he confessed to them –but under questioning, boith have since recanted their testimony

      September 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nowayjose39123

      Yes, Bob, and I was speaking to a prisoner working on the side of the road on cleaning duty today, looking to get out early, who said you did it. Oh, well, tough luck for you. I guess we can all believe it. A fellow prisoner has no reason to lie, just like the 7 of 9 "eyewitnesses." Maybe we should start applying this form of "justice" through manufactured evidence to folks like yourself. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • André

      He never confessed. Where did you get that ?
      I think you watch too much of Fox News.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • caa301

      Dear Bob did he confess to you?

      September 21, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • bridget

      who? why then no forensic evidence?...perhaps he amitted it under a country where they can kill one man in one state with not enough evidence and recanting of witness testimony and let a young mother go without one charge sticking where there was so much evidence, it is baffling. judicial system, juries, is a good system, but it is not perfect.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      What news are you reading? He never confessed to anything.

      September 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • curt caine

      do you think the police gave him a fair chance honesyly thinking he killed one of theres and to be honest if this country belives so much in good they need to get rid of the death peanlty

      September 21, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • yeltzin

      hasn't been any such evidence for 20 yrs but carry on if you believe in your farce

      September 21, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • mgillette

      There has been plenty of evidence, the gun he was carryiing ( you know the same gun he used to shoot someone else) was found to match the bullets +( you know the bullets they pulled out of the guy he shot) to the bullets found in the body of the POLICE OFFICER he killed. Juice him and be done with it. He is soooooooo innocent, he would never kill a cop, he would only kill non uniformed individuals. Yeah right, get real.

      September 21, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy B

      Same bullet casings as Davis' other murder that day were found at the cop's crime scene. His bloody shorts were Aldo found at his mom's house. Do the math.

      September 22, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • A

      oh please, your mother has a bigger male phalus than you do

      September 22, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Attorney

      That is stupid. He's not going to walk the streets. He's going to get life in the alternative. It's completely irresponsible to kill someone when there is any doubt they aren't guilty.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Ok, but a jury of 12 who actually heard testimony and saw evidence back when the information was fresh unanimously decided there was no reasonable doubt he was guilty. The fact that spinmeisters over the course of 20 years have turned this into a cause celebre and have convinced people who didn't hear testimony or see evidence were wrong isn't really relevant.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Theresa

      What evidence did the jury SEE?? There was NO physical evidence ever found linking Davis to any crime. He was convicted on the hearsay of 9 people; 7 of which who have since came forward & admitted they LIED on the stand! Get your facts straight many posters on here have never even read the damn story, just wanting to be heard, its pathetic.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Then why would he remain in jail if he didn't do it?

      September 21, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg Morin

      Read "the Innocent man" and everyone should read it one day it might be you or a family member. you'll understand it better. this is a reply to a post only because i counldn't seem to fig. how to post a comment. i'll try again

      September 21, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph Guido

      Attorney, your no attorney. The laws says "beyond reasonable doubt". Some doubt is permissible.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph Guido

      Attorney, you're no attorney. The law states, beyond "reasonable doubt". Some doubt is permissible.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel S.

      Funny You Say That... 22 Years Ago When He Was Convicted, There Was NO DOUBT!

      September 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stella

      Actually, his supporters are claiming he's innocent and have been asking he be released. They would have had better luck if they'd just gone for a reduced sentence.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • save some money

      just get if over with already. he has already cost us tax paters enough money as it is. It cost more to live on death row than someone who get life in prison. 20 years on death row cost us a fortune. Life in prison what a joke they have everything there. who wouldnt rather have life in jail than to die.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • HMM..

      so you are inferring that he is guilty right?
      you are suggesting he spend life in prison, therefor you think he is guilty..

      September 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • HMM..

      you stating that he needs to spend his life in prison vs. being put to death implies that you think he is guilty..

      September 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry Pairatestes

      Well if you believe he is innocent why do you want him to spend the rest of his life in prison?

      September 21, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rieckster

      So why leave him in jail for life if he is innocent??

      September 21, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Viva

      Well ATTORNEY, if we are going to allow this clown to "get off" by public opinion, let's put a needle in Casey Anthony's arm too! I mean REALLY people, WE HAVE A JUDICIAL SYSTEM and for the most part, it's the best in the world (and I've been around the world!) Because we must respect the jury system, we MUST respect THEIR decision as well. So all you people can march all you like (it IS a FREE country) but the reality is we can't give Troy Davis another trial and we can't can't give the needle to Casey Anthony!

      September 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not an Attorney

      The legal standard, which you should know if you are an attorney, is not ANY doubt, it is REASONABLE doubt....Mr. Davis is guilty beyond any REASONABLE doubt

      September 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Viva

      Sparky...Sparky....Sparky....halleighlu-yer! halleighlu-yer! halleighlu-yer!

      September 21, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • DYBO

      He should look forward to his death. They will be doing him a favor instead of life in prison. It has probably cost the tax payers a million dollars to feed and house him over 20 years at 40k to 50k a year.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Im sure they have the evidence... Or at least had the evidence. Its been like a 20 year cool down period, so now people can feel sorry for him, the only thing is... justice was said to be served then, and we can waste another 10 trying to figure this out. Just like our situation with Iran... This has gone on WAY too long for nothing to be done

      September 21, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Execute him

      Sounds just like a typical worthless ACLU lawyer.

      September 21, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Person

      I completely agree. even though i dont know this man, i feel complete sympathy for him

      September 21, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • jas

      It does not take a rocket scientist to grasp your understanding. If there is "any doubt" he is not proven guilty. GODs' got this.

      September 21, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      I agree 100%

      September 21, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rod C. Venger

      well, Mr. Attorney, how is life in prison any better than death if he's not guilty? Your position is illogical.

      September 21, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Seems to me a life sentence in prison is worse than what he faces now anyway....

      September 21, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sanity

      Maybe you should go look at the James Byrd saga in Texas and the NAACP ads calling for his murderer to be executed. Double standard?

      September 21, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al

      f u you leech

      September 21, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • SNicole

      I totally agree with this comment

      September 21, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brie

      Was the police officer guilty?

      September 21, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Star

      I agree!

      September 21, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • itsme

      Thank you!!!!!!!

      September 21, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • sarah o.

      The point is. He has been found guilty in a court of law numerous times. The reasonable doubt time is over. I hope they spare him but i just don't think they will.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      You are an attorney? The whole basis of the death penalty is because he killed, which means, if they stop the execution, the supreme court would have to consider that Troy deserves another court date. 7 witnesses have already recanted their story's, for whatever reason. Georgia would probably not be able to get an conviction this time, Troy Davis would walk a free. The whole basis of stopping the execution, is because they say he is innocent, even know they can't prove it... People have this weird idea, that he will get life in prison, but the reality is, he will be freed, if he is not executed...

      September 21, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • QueenJoe1

      Are you for real? "It's completely irresponsible to kill someone when there is any doubt they aren't guilty". If there is doubt of guilt, how do you convict them? LOL They walk the streets.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed Sr

      You are dealing with southern justice....................there is no justice in the south.................never has been and never will be............

      September 21, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Disgusted

      I agree. They need to let him just have life in prison. If there is the SLIGHTEST doubt they should not be taking his life! DISGUSTING PIGS!

      September 21, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      As a fellow attorney, then you should understand that he was judged during his trial by a jury of his peers to have been guilty without a doubt. Numerous courts have found the same.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Yeah, you're one of the idiots that are freaking out about "sharia law" taking over our court system. However, you're embracing the same backward ideas that you so vehemently oppose. I can't understand how you can violently twist reality so what "they" do is wrong and what "we" do is righteous. "American Exceptionalism" is hypocrisy at it's finest. Why not prosecute/waterboard Chaney?

      September 21, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Real Attorney

      All this that has been brought up in the last 24 hours has been reviewed by repeated applet courts and Davis lost every time.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Troy Davis is BURNING!

      But it is OK to leave an innocent man in prison for his whole life? That makes sense.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • GJN123

      Nobody wants to pay for a cop killer to live from their salary shoot him its cheaper

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

      it just goes to show that the courts are faulty. take the case of casey anthony for example. only God can truely Judge us.
      it really makes me sad that that someone can be ordered to get murdered by the courts even when they are not 100% sure that that person is guilty.

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

      You make no sense. So what happens if he gets life and 40 years from now, he's found to be innocent after all those lost years in prison. How the h*ll does he get those years back? CLUE: He doesn't.

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

      Problem with that is if there is doubt ...then he gets cant say we think there wasn't enough evidence for death and keep him in prison for life.

      September 22, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      Not true.....if there is enough doubt to get someone off of the death penalty you cant keep him in prison for life.

      September 22, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      He did not even deserve to have life in prison , I am glad justice was finally carried out. It was way past due.

      September 22, 2011 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      I don't think you really want to know where his after life is going to be

      September 22, 2011 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Salbei

      Hey Attorney!

      Can"t they sue for wrongful death?

      September 22, 2011 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Johnny Walker

      A jury of his peers obviously had no doubt.

      September 22, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      If someone is going to spend the rest of their life in prison there is NO chance they will ever be a contributing member of society, so please stop wasting my tax dollars on them, use it to help those that actually could become contributing members of society, like the homeless hungry children....where are the people protesting for them?

      September 22, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Troysguilty

      So if he's innocent enough not to carry out his sentence then are you advocating that he should have been completely released????

      September 22, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • anna

      So you dont mind paying taxes to house, clothe and feed these people?

      Not me, this should have been done 20 years ago. And of course he is going to say he is innocent.

      September 22, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • h.l. f

      i used the new changes in the laws to delay for three hours. but this should never had happen if congress writed their part of these changes it is called the human rights and they know what else. but marke my words this case is going to come back an bite a whole lot of people. when there is more that reasonable doubt/ i had discover a problem that caused the delay. i can speak on some part of this case. what was the delay.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert Harmon

      There is no doubt that unborn children are not guilty...but they are murdered every day....LEGALLY in this country...

      September 23, 2011 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
    • MinorityGal

      @ D–> as stated by my name, I am a minority person, not necessarily black, however I do agree with most people here that this ha nothing to do with black/white/yellow or even blue. He comminted a crime for which he has not been acquitted. Correct me if I am wrong or missed something, but unless he is able to prove he did not killed that cop and he did not shoot the other person, then he is still guilty. I am very new to this story and DO NOT know all that happened during trial but if after 20 years you have not been able to prove your innocence, then I am sorry your time is up.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      He has proven 7 of the 9 witnesses against them lied or have admitted to be mistaken.

      Proving innocence is ridiculously hard, and should be what he needs in order to be released from jail.

      Proving that there is doubt whether he would have been convicted in the first place (and more importantly, sentenced to death rather than life in prison) if 7 witnesses hadn't said incorrect is easy, and he's done that. All he's looking for is a new trial and penalty phase. I can't understand why he isn't getting that.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • vetlaw

      You have it backwards... The state must prove that he is guilty. The assumption is always that he is innocent. One should never have to prove their innocence.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • mdubbs

      Well now that he is guilty, doesn't he have to prove his innocence?

      September 21, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • kimgirl

      Yet in the black community guilty until proven innocent is a reality!!!

      September 21, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • BrotherLeo

      @MinorityGal – a defendant does not need to prove his innocence in a US court, the prosecution needs to prove GUILT. Since there is reasonable doubt about his guilt, that is reason enough for the execution not to proceed.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • morbus gravis

      im pretty sure once you are found guilty you no longer considered innocent

      September 21, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • J

      You have the legal standard all wrong. Innocent until proven guilty, that's how it's done in the US. The issue is whether he has been proven guilty.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Yes, because we all know the system is "Guilty until you prove your own innocence" in America.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Mel

      It's innocent until proven guilty

      September 21, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • trainwreck

      not in this case

      September 21, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lay

      but there is also NO evidence showing that he committed this crime. so where is your thinking coming from? i think everyone is failing to realize that. i understand where your coming from. BUT PLAIN AND SIMPLE, WHAT EVIDENCE IS PUTTING HIM THERE AT THE CRIME SCENE!?!? WHAT EVIDENCE SUGGESTS THAT HE REALLY DID IT!?! AND DNA SAID IT WAS NOT INFACT HIM!

      September 21, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • fearlessdude

      That is not the way it should work in the justice system. You can't prove innocence. Guilt must be proven.
      In this case only Troy knows the truth and he will die with it. The cops and the DA are interested in convictions and revenge. Remember, the police is here to protect the police.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • JD

      You are INNOCENT until proven guilty. Not the other way around. He does not have to prove his innocence. The STATE has to prove his guilt. With 78% of the witnesses recanting or changing their story, and no physical evidence linking him to the scene, how can we possible justify executing this man without a new trial?

      September 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thor

      One person admitted to killing the police officer who is not Troy Davis. 7 witnesses lied on the stand. The very prosecutor says that if they had not given their testemony at trial that Troy Davis would not be guilty. Hmmmmm....

      September 21, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • ForClemency

      It's innocent until proven guilty, not guilty until proven innocent last time I checked.

      September 21, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Viv

      Its actually NOT his job to prove he DIDNT do it. It's the prosecutor's job to prove HE DID.

      September 21, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*Gene lopez

      He did 20 years ago....all of a sudden ppl want a new trial? All of a sudden the facts have changed...let him out and let the pos live next door to you

      September 21, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1smartlady

      the law says you are innocent until PROVEN guilty , IDIOT !

      September 21, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      Minority or not, 7 of 9 people have changed their story. That is reasonable doubt, which is the sole reason why his case should be reviewed before he is put to death. Some of you clowns keep talking about what the family is going through to see him not executed. For real? If he is innocent, is that really what the family wants.... executing the wrong man. This is not about saving the black guy like some of you racist want to point out, it is about people who were coerced to testify who have changed their story. If you can't understand that, maybe you should not be allowed to vote, because you don't seem to get the basis of our prosecutory rules! Some clown even said, there is a racist on death row in Texas, should we free him. Yea, if you are a F'n idiot. No one has changed their story in his case. There is no reasonable doubt in his case. It does not matter that he is White. I wish it were "Rose colored" glasses some of you looked through, iinstead of the Black and White ones you wear.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • C. A. Onursal

      In this country you are innocent until you're proven guilty!!! It's not the other way around.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • PRussell

      You admit you don't know anything about this trial or case, so why make comments. Do you read the papers or watch the news? Dozens of people have spent years behind bars only to be acquitted later on the same type of eye witness only evidence that they have in this case. The cops coerced the witnesses and they identified this man. There was no physical evidence. Now these same witnesses have recanted their stories saying they were coerced. The prosecution has failed the burden of proof beyond a doubt. Davis should not be executed for that reason.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • cecilia

      In American courts, Mr.Davis is assumed innocent until the State proves his quilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • abovethehype

      "...but unless he is able to prove he did not killed that cop and he did not shoot the other person, then he is still guilty."

      Are you serious? I appears you DO NOT know one of the most important tenents of our justice system either...INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • icodel

      Actually,he is not required to 'prove' he is innocent- they need to prove he is gilty beyond a reasonable doubt

      September 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brendan

      You are wrong, the burden is not on the defendant to prove his innocence, it's on the state to prove his guilt. Now he is showing that the evidence the state used to prove his guilt was unreliable because the witnesses admit they were lying. There is not enough direct evidence to find the man guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Therefore, the witness testimony was crucial in they jury's finding of guilt. For this reason, he should at the very least get a new trial without the unreliable testimony.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sharman

      Hi, Minority Gal,
      No defendant has to prove he is innocent. The state has to prove he is guilty. So the question is, did the state prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. I don't think so, but you make up your own mind. Additionally, one has only to look at the case of Jesus Christ to understand why the state should not be in the business of executing anyone. Guilty or innocent, let God be the judge. Incarceration, not execution- that is the humane and Christtian way.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      I get your point – but you are wrong here. He doesn't have to "prove he did not kill" that cop. Actually the burdon of proof is on the prosecution – needing to prove that he DID kill that cop. When you take out the testimony of the seven of nine witnesses – they really wouldn't be able to do that. There is no real evidence against him.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jordan

      Okay let me correct you. In the US justice system, it is the courts that must prove you GUILTY BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT. Not the other way around. So, no, he shouldn't have to prove that he didn't commit the crime.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • observer

      yeah you missed something...He doesn't have to prove he didn't do it. the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt he did!

      September 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Human1958

      Correct you, IF you are wrong.
      You are wrong.
      An American is SUPPOSED to be "Innocent until proven guilty", not the reverse.
      This is designed to protect ALL of us from being falsely accused.
      If this man is innocent and is executed, then we are ALL vulnerable to the same failure of the justice system.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arlene J.

      Our laws state that guilt must be proven, not innocence! It looks like the courts were looking for someone to convict and this man was found. MG, how do you prove you didn't do something??

      September 21, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drake

      Should a man's life be executed if there is reasonable doubt about the man's guilt?

      September 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      He's guilty unless he can prove he didn't? I thought it was supposed to work the other way around.

      September 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      Um, what ever happened to innocent until proven guilty?
      There was no physical evidence whatsoever, and 7 of the witnesses took back what they said. Isn't that enough reasonable doubt?

      September 21, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tizzy

      Unfortunately, you are quite misunderstood. In the legal system, you have to be proven GUITLY beyond a reasonable doubt, not innocent. And from what you've stated, this man shouldve proven his innocence beyond a reasonable doubt? This is not the structure of our court system...

      September 21, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dustin

      I am going to correct you as you have asked, because you are indeed wrong. You stated that unless he is able to prove his innocence, then he is guilty. You have it backwards. Our laws read that unelss proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, you are innocent. In this case, there is most definitely reasonable doubt.

      I for one would like to see the death penalty abolished. It does nothing to protect the citizens of this country. Nearly all countries in the world have abolished the death penalty, and have seen no raise in crime whatsoever. Another disturbing fact: 90% of the exectutions done in the world have been done by 5 countries.. The USA, Pakistan, Iran, Saudia Arabia, and China. Great company we're keeping, isn't it?

      September 21, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • AS

      He is NOT required to prove his innocence. The justice system IS required to prove him guilty. Which has not been done. Please read about how the justice system works (or rather, is supposed to work) before saying something so ignorant.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • VZ123

      The foundation of our justice system is not that you have to prove your innocence but rather innocent until proven guilty. Burden of proof is on the prosecution. Those against the execution are not necessarily claiming his innocence, but questioning his guilt.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ummmm...

      @MinorityGal – In this country it's *supposed* to be innocent until proven guilty, not the other way around. Therefore, the fact that the evidence has yet to prove him guilty is what makes it an unjust situation. On another note, why wasn't he given a polygraph test in the first place?

      September 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • kelly_iscool

      You are wrong, so I'm correcting you. The burden of prrof in a criminal case falls on the prosecution, not the defence. This is where the phrase "innocent until proven guilty" comes from. The duty is for the prosecution to prove that Troy Davis is guilty, not for him to prove his own innocence.

      The fact that 7 of the witnesses have withdrawn their statements, that statements were taken from illiterate witnesses, who couldn't read the statements they were signing, and the fact that there is no DNA evidence to connect Davis to the murder suggests that his guilt cannot be proven and that he may well be innocent.

      It is not worth the risk of killing a possibly-innocent man when there are other options.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cooper

      After reading your post I am compelled to respond to it. In our system of justice it isn't the defendant's responsibility to prove their innocence, it's the prosecution's job to prove his/her guilt. If false evidence is used to convict someone then he or she should get a new trial.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • LawGirl

      While there is no amendment that spefically guarantees "innocent until proven guilty", the 5th, 6th, and 14th Amendments basically create a presumption of innocence, which places the burden of proof (proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt) on the state. The U.S. arguably has the highest standard for protecting the rights of its citizens in this regard in the world.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • richardinpa

      in this country, we dont PROVE that we are not guilty, it was the prosecution and the jury that needed to PROVE AND CONVICT with out a SHADOW of a doubt that he was guilty of this crime. Nothing PROVES without doubt that he killed this cop. Nothing. But we can convict now and cry later right?
      Sick and disgusting.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • what

      @MinorityGal: However, it's innocent until proven guilty...and in this case, t's now obvious that the evidence used to convict him is either faulty or retracted. Seven out of nine witnesses have rescinded their statements, as has already been said countless times. While there is doubt that someone is absolutely guilty, you cannot convict them.
      Don't forget twelve angry men.

      @gingersrule1: You know he killed that guy in cold blood? No, you don't. You're not in the case, you're just making an assumption based on your racial prejudices. Troy Davis is not guilty for certain, and as I've already mentioned, there is overwhelming doubt that he was the one who killed that cop. No, we are not defending Davis because "too many black men have been wrongfully convicted," though that may be true; we are defending him because of the possibility that he is innocent, and that it would be wrong to kill him for something he probably hasn't done. Also, the US is a secular state. Please don't bring your religion into this argument.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      Hey dum-dum. You aren't involved in the trial either, in case you have forgotten.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • sw07

      In the law if you cannot prove guilt, then you are found innocent. Not if you cannot prove innocence, you are found guilty. With any sliver of doubt, we should not execute. Nor do I think we should ever.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Suzy Soundz

      Huh??? What happened to your education? In AMERICA one is INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY!!! And once someone is incarcerated, it's very difficult to gain attention to review their case, even in 20 years. In fact, I suspect it gets harder as time rolls on. God bless Troy, and God HELP the USA.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • bassman

      You are correct. He was proven guilty in a court of law by a jury of his peers. In order to overturn that verdict, the burden to prove innocence shifts to the guilty party.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • ranchboy

      I always thought it was "innocent until proven guilty", and guild without any reasonable doubt. With witnesses recanting testimony and the rate that they did in the years since the trial it would appear to me that there is quite a bit of 'reasonable doubt'. How are all those involved in committing this exection – or preventing it from being delayed – going to feel if someone else comes forward next week and say "you fools! Gotcha! he didn't do it I did!"

      September 21, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • ...sigh

      Burden of proof is always on the prosecution, at least in this country.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadianmom

      Actually, the onus is on the state to prove guilty not for the accused to prove innocence! Mistakes have been made before and this decision is only being upheld because powerful people have refused to let their conscience guide them and correct a mistake! This is someone's life and that alone should demand more diligence in considering guilt. It just shows why the death penalty is fundamentally wrong!

      September 21, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • djwazu

      ru a st2pid gal!

      September 21, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • djwazu

      You are a st2pid gal!

      September 21, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      MinorityGal, do you realize that in this country we practice "innocent until proven guilty", and not the other way around?

      September 21, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cheney

      MinorityGal, you got it backwards. It is up to the prosecutors to prove his guilt. His innocence is always assumed, unless prosecutors can prove otherwise.

      Or would you like to prove that you didn't shoot a cop in 1989? 10 people saw a hispanic gal run away from the scene of the crime.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Another Evolutionary Biologist

      Are you kidding me? "Prove your innocence"? Really? Really? You don't remember that mantra of the US Justice system that is repeated all the time? You're hopeless.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just-US

      RE: MinorityGal

      "Correct me if I am wrong or missed something, but unless he is able to prove he did not killed that cop and he did not shoot the other person, then he is still guilty."

      Let me correct you. In America, a person is innocent until proven guilty NOT guilty because someone lied and then left to rot in prison while 20 years goes by without proof! GEORGIA IS WRONG WRONG WRONG!

      September 21, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • bigpimpin1972

      Its not up to people to prove their innocence but the courts to prove their guilt. I know you heard that, lol.

      September 21, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Innocent until proven guilty......this is America. Did you honestly not know that? I'm not trying to be rude, but does this ignorance exist? I hope it's not widespread, but apperently...

      September 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      In a civilised country one does not have to prove their innocence. It's called presumption of innocence.

      September 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • loupgarou

      No. This country does not run on "guilty on proven innocent." We do it the other way 'round- innocent until proven guilty. Seven of nine witnesses recanted. You think that two people- one of whom has been rumored as the true killer- who say "oh yeah, I saw it" should be enough to kill someone? Go to the old South then, that's where that sort of "justice" ruled. As a proud southerner and a (non-Black) minority myself, I thought we were beyond lynching people.

      September 21, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Citizen

      In the civilized part of our world, accused people don't have to prove their innocence but the state has to prove their guilt.

      September 21, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      MGal, you need to sit down and read before you comment about something you do not know.

      September 21, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      My god...

      September 21, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick Joaquin

      Uhh... innocent until proven guilty. Welcome to America.

      September 21, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • M. Chambers

      How do you explain the fact that the west memphis three didn't prove their innocence either??? They were released on Alford Plea's. Which means that the state has enough evidence to find them guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. They were released anyway after 18 years after being convicted of murdering 3 eight year old boys.

      September 21, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Life

      You sound real retard. Go read a book.

      September 21, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smith

      Are you really that dumb? It is actually the other way around... You need to prove someone is guilty.. They are innocent UNTIL FOUND GUILTY.. in this case he was found guilty in court with NO EVIDENCE

      September 21, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • News Commenter

      In America you're innocent until proven guilty, not the other way around.

      September 21, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lala

      contrary to your belief, he doesnt have to prove anything, the state has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he is guilty.

      September 21, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • She.

      They can commute the sentence to life in prision or something of that nature.. he does not have to receive the death penalty. the stay is not about wether he did the crime.. its whether the sentencing is apropriate.

      September 21, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bernard

      Read this:

      Let this poor guy off death row, sheesh.

      September 21, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • prof

      Innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt in the country. He does not have to prove his innocence, the state has to prove his guilt.

      September 21, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • 7TX

      I'm so sick of people posting their race on their sleeve before typing a comment. First off, I don't believe it. You're a not a minority anything. If you've got something to type then type it and get your comment out there because nobody cares what your race is.

      September 21, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saralynne

      No. It is "innocent until proven guilty" not "guilty until proven innocent". At least in theory. But not in Georgia.

      September 21, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rad_hero

      every heard of innocent until proven guilty???? and they haven't fully proved he's guiilty........

      September 21, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wombat

      Our justice system is innocent until proven GUILTY, not the other way around. The burden of proof is on the prosecution. He doesn't have to prove his innocence, they have to prove his guilt. I really couldn't say what the truth is here, but your understanding of how the justice system is SUPPOSED to work is severely warped. Thank god they don't run it your way.

      September 21, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • K3Citizen

      Back in the day, white people would lynch blacks for looking at white women. White people knowingly lied on blacks to make their punishments worse. Just because a jury says your guilty doesn't always mean it was truthful.

      September 21, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Callmeishmael

      You're obviously an uneducated idiot. The way it works in America, or is supposed to work, is that it's up to the state to prove guilt, not for the accused to prove innocence. Go back to school and learn something before you type more bullsh**.

      September 21, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • DisgustedbyDumbPeople

      MinorityGal, you ARE wrong. According to the American justice system (i.e. the letter of the law), you are innocent until proven guilty. Casey Anthony (enough said) There is NO physical evidence for this crime. 7 out of 9 people recanted their statements and for valid reasons. Just because he has not been acquitted DOES NOT mean he is guilty. I've served on a jury for a capital murder case... and believe me, the jurors are just as ignorant (yes that's harsh, but its true) of the system as you. Obviously, I blame it on our education system, but that's another post... If Karma serves the world right, maybe you'll be in a position where you have to prove your innocence... and good luck if its in an a** bkwd state as Georgia, you did say you were a minority right.

      September 21, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • gremlinus

      People have recanted. It's much harder to "prove innocence" than it is to cast reasonable doubt. From the little I've read it seems there is at least enough to revisit the case. The GA court system just refuses to do so. If this was a high profile case at the time, prosecutors can be very combative about reopening a big political "win."

      September 21, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tracy

      I understand what you are saying, but I believe in the exact opposite. No one should have to prove their innocence in our legal system. In this case, if there is any shred of doubt that he committed this crime or any reason to believe he is truly innocent, then death should not even be an option. I shudder to think what would happen if we all had to prove our innocence in a crime to keep from dying. It's just not right.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tone

      He doesn't have to prove his innocence. The burden of proof lies with the state and can't be changed.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Capercorn

      Except there is this little thing known as the "presumption of innocence."

      Simply put, if there exists a reasonable doubt, he shouldn't even be behind bars, let alone facing execution.

      He has shown that a reasonable doubt exists, but he has never been allowed a retrial.

      Without a retrial he can never prove his claim.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Old-Skool Conservative

      No intention to be critical, MinorityGal, but the part that you are missing is that in America, it is not the responsibility of the accused to prove their innocence. It is the responsibility of the prosecution to prove guilt, beyond a reasonable doubt, before a jury of the accused's peers.

      I am not anit-capital-punishment, but I do believe in the common sense notion that if the punishment is irreversible, the evidence should be irrefutable.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • KJ

      He should not have to prove his innocence. The state should prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. And there is at least reasonable doubt here.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • No one will actually read this.

      There's no reason to rush killing a person, you can never take it back. If he's later found innocent, as others who have been on deathrow have, there's no way to set things right. If you encourage them to rush this man, or anyone else, to be killed you had better enjoy living with the blood of someone else on your hands. You may not be the one to pull the switch, but you certainly helped.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Weezer1107

      So, if you can't prove you are innocent, then you're not?

      September 21, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • james

      The only problem with that thought process is this. According to our Judicial system, it is the burden of the STATE to prove guilt, not the accused to prove innocence.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles Asante-Yeboa

      I think for 20 years, the court has not been able to link him directly to the crime. Also, the 'if' and 'then' from the expert on which the prosecutor based his case against Troy Davis is neither enough convincing nor conclusive argument to hand him the death penalty. Supposing that someone else used a similar weapon just around the time of the first shooting, in the same area?

      Though I am far away, I have been following the proceedings for justice sake; and here is what I gather so far:

      There is simply too much doubt to allow Troy Davis to be executed.

      • seven of the nine original witnesses have since recanted their statements
      • additional witnesses have come forward with accounts that point to another man as the killer
      • there has never been any DNA evidence linking Troy Davis to the crime
      • the murder weapon has never been recovered

      Would it be just to execute someone on such questionable points, where there is too much doubt?
      That would be a gross miscarriage of justice.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • C

      So Im reading your comments and you have to be the dumbest minority person I know lol that doesnt even make sense a minority person lol. Anywho, YOU AND THE REST OF THE IGNORANT FUX ARE MISSING THE WHOLE POINT. The whole point of the "Criminal" not victim the "Criminal" justice system is to make sure "ACCUSED" criminals receive "JUSTICE." You know, the right to a fair trial. No, it wasn't a fair trial if witnesses who fingered him in court UNDER OATH are recanting and saying POLICE OFFICERS "THREATENED & PRESSURED" them to finger Davis as the "COP KILLER." These said witnesses changed "ALL or PART" of their testimony.You don't see anything wrong with the FACT that the witnesses later identify the other man who was with Davis as the killer and the other man was also said to have confessed? If everyone could take their word then, why not NOW? Even a few jurors have come forward and say they regret sentencing him to death with the new facts that bring DOUBT. You can be stupid if you want to and think being black has nothing to do with the States several denials of attempts for clemency. Innocent until proven guilty aye? Ok, so he was proven guilty but not given a fair trial. If Troy Davis was white, there would've been another trial a while ago. However, in the still racist south they could give two shizz about a black man who was identified as the killer of a White "COP/AUTHORITY FIGURE." B4 anyone asks born n raised South Cackalackee thats Carolina for you Yanks so I do know. Shoot my folks say in some parts of Alabama you cant even go down certain streets cuz these inbred ignorant fools are marching caring torches. Crazy you still cant receive justice in America in 2011. How can any of the latest facts just be "Blatantly Ignored" by Officials in our "Criminal" "Justice" system. Anyway, your blind if you don't see anything wrong with proceeding with the lethal injection. How can this be a Nation under God? Why swear on the bible? How can YOU trust in God? W/O following Thou shall not kill..... GOD BLESS AMERICA lol see what I did right there

      September 21, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*Gene lopez

      Yea and there are parts of south central LA a white man cant go either. Your right its a shame

      September 21, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • iFlutterwaggen

      with all due respect MinorityGal yes i do believe that he should not be granted leniency because of his race and i AM in fact black and a Caribbean born but then again the assumption is "INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY" and it appears to me that your viewpoint is "guilty until proven innocent" now i must say this, this man was accused of this crime in a time when crime solving was almost primitive but if this case was to be re-tried int he 21st century then i am pretty sure that he would be acquitted also giving that according to a CNN twitter post dated Wednesday, September 21, 2011 which stated that 7 of the 9 witnesses had retracted their statements! ...

      September 22, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Board members should also rot in Hell

      September 21, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Americans for Honest Justice

      You couldn't have said it BETTER !!!!

      September 21, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whome

      Toss a coin, heads he loses, tails he loses.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • JA

      more like heads they win, tails he loses

      September 21, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • kermit12

      I can't say it with any conviction, because it goes against everything that I stand for. But I think about it
      when it comes to folks like you: why don't we flip that coin on you? Or your children, family etc.

      September 21, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • tedbohne

      i see, well then, lets toss a coin on YOUR life! heads, you lose, tails you lose.

      September 21, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • gingersrule1

      I'm ready to take that gamble. I think a jury in 1991 was more likely to give out the right sentence than a jury today. I wish I was the one electrocuting this guy because I know he killed that guy in cold blood. In the Bible it says it's okay to kill someone who killed an innocent person or murdered. God's justice can be had here on earth and you can't let people not kill a guy because you think too many black men have been wrongfully convicted. Are you going to go over ever last case and detail from their cases to see if they are guilty? Are you not going to ignore simple facts just to get a certain end? It doesn't sound like it to me. Let's kill this fool and be done with it. I'm talking about Davis. When white guys kill people they know what they did has earthly consequences. Most of them just take what is given to them and many are thankful when they aren't killed. I just want to know why the death penalty costs the same amount as 20 years in prison. Who is making all that money?

      September 21, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • An American

      You really are an idiot to say someone with a case for reasonable doubt should be put to death. In court, all that is required of a defense team is to prove Reasonable Doubt. That is how it should be with the appeal process as well. And in this case the level of reasonable doubt is pretty high. Than again maybe that is the point with you, the lacking brain power to deduct that conclusion. I do not normally get involved in these, but, I am sure that if the person being put to death was a family member of yours and there was sufficient doubt that you would be singing a different tune.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Lay

      sickning! do you know of any evidence showing that he is a cold blooded killer!?!? please share with rest of us what pointed a finger at him! now, tell ppl that dna is wrong. dna is suggesting he was not the killer!

      September 21, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Nobody is saying Davis is innocent. His supporters are only saying there is now reasonable doubt-which should stay his execution. You seem to know exactly what happened, tho. Were you there? The reason the death penalty is an unfunny JOKE is that the convicts guilt is decided by human beings who can easily be wrong. I don't know what Bible you're reading, but I'm guessing not the Holy Bible. I'd be interested for you to quote chapter and verse where God himself gave man permission to decide the guilt and punishment of another man. He is a jealous God...and He made it crystal clear that's HIS domain. Prove me wrong and I'll recant. Of course by then Troy Davis will have been executed by the good ole boy network in Georgia who'd rather put him to death than to wound their stupid redneck man-pride by admitting SEVERAL mistakes had been made in the case. BTW-you sound like a moron-God doesn't condone revenge killing-I suppose you read different on THAT verse also. If you start reading ur Bible now, maybe you can get ur ass to the protest in time.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      Please tell me where in the bible it states it's okay to kill another....please if you are going to use the Bible and God in your comments make sure you take your judgement out because as the Bible states only God can judge...not you sweetheart.

      September 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      I cite Joshua 7, when Yahweh himself outed a thief among his violent army at the city of Ai. He told them Aschen stole from Jericho and under god's orders, the army collected Aschen's entire family, stoned them to death and then burned the bodies.

      By the way, god's army kept the stolen goods.

      September 22, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Eddie

      In the bible it says it's okay to kill someone if they have killed an innocent person?? What the hell are you smoking? You are a moron!

      September 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • brenda2

      No white guys usually take the coward way out and have to be put on suicide watch. The law says WITHOUT A SHADOW OF A DOUBT. THERE SEEMS TO BE A LOT A DOUBT HERE. i WOULD ALSO LIKE TO KNOW WHAT BIBLE TO READ

      September 21, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quickuation

      of course you are, because it has Zero effect on you. So you just want to see blood.

      September 21, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gerard

      it very easy to speak unintelligently about a minority when you are not a minority (especially a male). I was stopped by the police late at night because I was so called swerving. The cop stated that he thought I was drinking and that is why he stopped me. Well, I have never had a alcoholic drink in my life. When I offered to take whatever sobriety test he wanted he told me that he didn't need to give me one and that he could simply arrest me because after all who would the judge believe. So, when a black man is accused of committing a heinous crime and there is accusation of coercion you are damn right I think they need to retry his case. Until you walk a mile in a black mans shoes keep your uninformed opinion to yourself

      September 21, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Citizen Twain

      The old testament states an eye for an eye, but when Jesus came, he said to ignore that and turn the other cheek. Christians are complete and utter idiots. We have no right to kill anyone, we are too stupid to make these decisions and all of us will pay for it one day for allowing this to happen.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • brenda2

      No white guys usually take the coward way out and have to be put on suicide watch. The law says WITHOUT A SHADOW OF A DOUBT. THERE SEEMS TO BE A LOT A DOUBT HERE. i WOULD ALSO LIKE TO KNOW WHAT BIBLE YOU READ

      September 21, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • klangster

      you are not a christian. to say that white people don't try to get out of the death penalty proves that you are an ignorant fool. A black man is 50 times more likely to get the death penalty for the same crime as a white man. Why get so exited to kill a MAN HAVE YOU NO HUMANITY. Don't insult jesus by claiming to be a christian

      September 21, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Preacherman

      What bible are you reading?????

      September 21, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crys Lundberg

      How exactly do you "KNOW" he is guilty? You're an idiot.

      September 21, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      And you know this how?
      What does the bible even have to do with this?
      Are you delusional?

      September 21, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • deflated

      Your biblical reference is completly in correct!! Jesus came he said and I quote "Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
      But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire."- Matthew 5:21&22
      ""Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also" -Matthew 5:38&39
      Get it right and get right!!!

      September 21, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • longshot

      in the bible...

      September 21, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • justice

      No. He'll just be dead! Too bad.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • peacejustice1

      Just to bad? and your name is justice? One of the two witnesses who has not recanted his testimony is Sylvester "Red" Coles — the principle alternative suspect, according to the defense, against whom there is new evidence implicating him as the gunman. Nine individuals have signed affidavits implicating Sylvester Coles.

      September 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
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    • justsayno02

      If Obama admits he's a socialist, would you be willing to vote non democratic in 2012?

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    • Jackblob

      And what exactly do you consider socialist? Are the European countries or Canada socialist? They all have socialized medecine and other social services provided by the government.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony

      And just WHY did you bring the President of the United States into this? Arent pardons handled at the Governer's level?

      September 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe


      September 21, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • jschmidt22

      Nice lol

      September 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      Kill yourself!!!

      September 21, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al

      No....but I would be willing to put you up for it...

      September 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |


      September 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh Yeah Ok


      September 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandra

      No it doesn't change the fact he killed someone else. The concern is he will die based on something he might not have done. Try him on the one he did do.

      September 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adorable42181

      It's plenty of murderers that walk amongst us daily. So what makes him any different. A young lady just won a case for killing her daughter. Walked out of jail with no problem. If you don't see the prejudice in the system then you must be blind.

      September 21, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • CH

      There is now questions being raised as to if Mr. Davis actually did commit murder.

      In the past we have executed people that later were found innocent..............oops sorry.

      What if this was your brother, nephew or son????

      Read Dark Rivers of the Heart by Koontz. I've seen our justice system 1st hand and it sucks big time.

      Besides, murder is murder. Just because you do it in the name of God, Country or State doesn't mean taking the life of another human being isn't murder. Two wrongs do not make a right.

      September 21, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trae

      Evidence is not conclusive, so how can he be a murderer, please tell us?

      September 21, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Merry


      September 21, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • itsme

      Wrong person. He didn't kill someone else, he shot someone prior to this event with the cop. They mixed that cases shell casings and the cops shell casings in the same bag. There is one of the problems

      September 21, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • J

      Maybe he didn't kill the other guy either. And beating? If that's all that we're left with... LOL... Executed for beating?

      September 21, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • MIKE

      I AGREE.........

      September 21, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lance

      yeah just because a black guy MAY have murdered a cop 20 years ago he has to die now? Atleast let em serve life in prison if the law or white people feel some type of way because hes black. white people kill each other all the time nd its never an excuse to murder Another. TWO WRONGS DONT MAKE A RIGHT! ! !

      September 21, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • !!!!!!!!!!!!!


      September 21, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      uh.... you need to read the facts in this case... This guy didn't own a .38 caliber but OH YEAH guess who did have a .38... good ol' eye witness Sylvester Cole... get your facts:

      September 21, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • billyripp

      SHUT UP!

      September 21, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doumbe

      There was no DNA for him that he did it.Casey Anthony was let free for having a Dna test who was guilty.America is racist atleast the supreme court were juat hard.They will never find peqce that i assure you.God will find justice for cannot take a mans life,its not even in the bible

      September 21, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • TL

      Casey Anthony should have been executed and they gave her more than a fair trial but because she is white in the great old U.S. of A. she gets off. Yes, there are some choices Troy Davis could have made but Casey Anthony did not report her child missing for quite some time and they let her off. She partied even after she knew her child was dead but she got off. What a farce of a justice system.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tamara

      This isn't about race; it's more than that. It's about reasonable doubt, police tampering, lack of evidence, injustice. Maybe if you didn't just see things in black and white. Maybe you'll wake up one day and find yourself in a prison cell and fighting bogus charge. Or maybe you won't and will continue on with your sad, pathetic existence.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • JSB

      WHo says Davis was guilty??? That's the whole problem! 7 of 9 have recanted their he is gone for good and no one can prove whether he was inncoent or guilty...Cheney and Bush a re real MASS murderers... what about them!? Don't 250,000 Iraquis count for something? (let alone all our people who have died in unneceassary wars!? Remember Bush was AWOL for months during Vietnam then he charged Kerry( a war hero) with cowardice! stop the hypocracy!!! same standard for all if you want to go that route!

      September 21, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • pchsbenz

      Of course they aren't. The laws are only ok when they are applied to others.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • M in Oz

      Yeah that's what Mr Davis thought when he assumed that he should be able to shoot whomever he wanted and then skip off to Atlanta on the lam.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Don't try to put the blame on others.

      Davis is the reason he is about to be executed. Davis' actions put him in this position, not mine, not yours, not his mothers. Every person has free will. Davis chose to pull the trigger. 3 times.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Old West

      So if someone paid the police half a million dollars to arrest you and say that you killed someone that was of your own free will? I don't know if this guy is innocent or guilty, I have my doubts on both sides. I'm no lawyer, but seems that would be a reason to not kill him.

      September 21, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Were you another witness?

      September 21, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Madison

      People who are absolutely convinced that a system of government is infallible are the greatest threat to that system of government in so far as they influence it.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patty

      Were you there?

      September 21, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • onefeather

      I agree

      September 21, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • really?

      where you there that night "Bill"???

      September 22, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
    • dave

      read much

      September 22, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Augusto

      The problem is that they don't know this for a fact. 7 out of 9 witnesses recanted.

      September 22, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Cleopatra

      If it was proved beyond a shadow of doubt.

      September 22, 2011 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Wendy Truong

      In the eyes of the law, especially in a backwards state like Georgia, it was easy to Murder a black man. For them, Black man kills white cop equals death penalty. How can we justify that it is legal for the country to take a life, but not for another person to murder. Two wrongs, don't make a right !!! How do you know that he was 100% guilty? Maybe you were standing next to him, because that's the only way you know if he was 100% guilty. If there is the smallest doubt he was innocent, they should have given him life in prison, while they checked out other information. You can release an innocent man from prison, but you can't bring back the dead! As a Nation we should be ashamed of ourselves ! Nobody has the right to take a life ! Gov. Perry said he never lost a night's sleep over signing an EXCUTION order, which makes him a Pathologocial serial muderer of the worst kind. Everyone who supports the death penalty is a pathologial serial muderer ! What is the frightening thing about all of this, is that we are responsable for murdering a man, where there was reasonable doubt! We live in a very scary country, and we are being held hostage by a very scary congress !

      September 22, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      If you were there to see it then why didn't you testify?

      September 22, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • tc

      what does liberal have to do with this.a man was convicted,by a group of witnesses that recanted from at the time was forced testimony. knowing that alone are we so partisan to understand a simple wrong once shown in light should be shown for all to well as corrected. are we willing to kill an innocent person so easily that we ignore the possibility of a man being innocent

      September 22, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jess

      Interesting. I guess you were there that night?

      September 24, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Rstlne

      Nice point, except for the fact that you mention "let your child be executed in exchange". There are plenty of idiots out there who would actually take you up on that offer! Please do not give the idiots any ideas; it can be seriously dangerous...

      September 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark Monahan

      I am Mark Monahan from the Norhteast. He should be exceused.

      September 22, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • sparky91

      Ask anyone in that prison if they are innocent.....they will all tell you they did not do it.

      September 21, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • jez

      Let's hope that your arrogant @$$ will never be accused... of course, at that time, the "rules of logic" would change.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • michael

      I worked in the Georgia prison system at Georgia state prison in reidsville and you are 100% correct in that statement all of them claim innocence even with DNA evidence against them lol this whole thing is a joke and should be handled sooner than.later

      September 21, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jera

      I think you would be surprised at how often this is not the case.

      Or maybe you wouldn't.

      September 22, 2011 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
    • scott

      That is SOOOOOOOO NOT TRUE! Most lifers and death row inmates embrace religion while incarcerated and to do so they must admit to their sin to be forgiven by god. Most death row inmates apologize and ask for forgiveness from the families of the loved one(s) they murdered. Go to the Texas death row website, they provide all the last words of those executed.

      September 22, 2011 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Teresa

      yes sparky91, but do you kill them anyway????

      September 22, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Partyman JG

      So – Mr. Davis says it was not him who personally did it, and did not have the gun. but it seems like he knew who did (if that is his alibi)
      Ok then Mr. Davis – why didn't you tell someone who did it? It seems like you were there. You had PLENTY of time to admit things, but you chose not to by saying "I did not do it". That's your fault. You would think someone on death row who claims he is not guilty would save his life if he knew who the killer was (again, if that is his alibi).

      September 22, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wendy

      I guess Sparky91 that you visit these people. People make mistakes for various reasons. But it does not make them all liars. I can only guess you think you are perfect but from your comment I can see that you are a very ignorant person. There has been innocent people in jails and prison and only DNA clears their names and unfortunately it has take away their lives for some. No one is perfect and definately you are not to be so hateful.

      September 24, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      If after he is executed, it is proven he is innocent – they should execute all those involved with his execution – including the judge, jury, prosecutor and governor.

      September 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bernard

      Not a bad idea Joe! lol – I wouldn't be mad at that at all.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      They all have high-profile lawyers who bill the government 500 dollars an hour.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Put down the crack pipe...

      September 21, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • liz

      I agree!

      September 21, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      Why would they be blamed for his drama, He is the one who kept this drama going on and one. Glad he got put to death finally

      September 22, 2011 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Hmm

      If he is later found innocent that should be what happens, but there's no chance that it will. It'll be just a little "mistake."

      September 22, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Justice was Done!

      And you should drink a big cup of Drano for being a moron.

      September 22, 2011 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Teresa

      it is not important!!! important is only that humens may not decision about life or death!!!!! ONLY THAT IS IMPORTANT!


      September 22, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Alfred Einsteen

      I agree. They should execute an execution whereby they execute the executioners by means of an execution. Also, anyone who had anything to do with his execution should be executed in a most executionary manner.

      September 22, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Meshuggahboy

      Yeah, you're right – they only had two decades to prove his "innocence". They should've been given fifty more years so that the real victim's family would never have any justice.

      September 22, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • legalbeagle

      From gleaning the above article somebody passed onto to me it appears the prosecution tampered and aided with the witness's in concocting perjured testimony. The witness shammed their entire testimoney and the court looked the other way!

      I say...Tall tree and short rope for all of them involved in this travesty of justice.

      September 23, 2011 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Diamond

      I agree. I agree because Troy Davis attorney's presented proof that he was innocent and the seven out of nine witnesses recanted their statement twenty years later. If Troy Davis was a " white-man " and Mark MacPhail was a " black-man " would he had faced the same fate by lethal injection? Cops kill innocent " BLACKS " everyday and they receive IMMUNITY instead of " DEATH."

      September 23, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • falconco

      I wish he'd been given the opportunity to take a lie detector test. Plus, witnesses picking him out of a lineup is one of the least reliable ways to identify someone.

      September 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      He has had 20+ years to prove his "innocence". It is only on execution day (many for him) everyone feels the need for another trial.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      He was given every chance, instead of leaving behind some sort of proof of innocents he made an excuse... err im not gonna do it if it wont matter.... Im gonna stay wif my family... He was a coward till the end and died with lies on his lips. Noone who sees this situation for what it is expected anything less from him. Well I dont have anything else really to say about him, his marker has been called in and his bills are paid in full. If theres hell down below, we all gonna go.

      September 22, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Name*Bucktooth

      I agree! When it comes to white people identifying a black person, most of them think we do look alike! That is not reliable! I also agree with the person who said if they find him innocent the people in charge of this need to be done away with.How can some of these idiots say let him die when there is reasonable doubt? If it was your family member you would be right there saying the same things to probe their innocence! Violence in the media, movies, etc has had an effect on society! violence in everything from video games to movies..everything is either blown up, set on fire, or someone is murdered/killed. There is no way that doesn't influence people! What about the value of human life? Seems to me that Barbarian mentality is still alive and well..they are just wearing different clothes! Pretty disgusting..Roman Empire!

      September 22, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Especially in a racist state like Georgia. Ignorance is bliss when condemning a black man to death.

      September 23, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • blue

      He's guilty of the crime let him die!!

      September 21, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • BJ

      You are sick blue, you are evil. You shouldn't even be on here!

      September 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrea

      And of he isn't guilty should they execute all those who executed him

      September 22, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
    • KellyinBoston

      The issue was kinda that he didn't look like he WAS guilty. Didja read the article?

      September 22, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Brandon

      Good question, and more likely, all of sudden, new evidence will come out that Troy is innocent. Sadly it will be too late.

      September 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liar, Liar, pants on fire

      Blame the liars who put him in that chair. They lied and said he was a murderer, didn't they? Then if that was not bad enough, they waited 20 years to tell the truth.....................................YEAH RIGHT!

      September 22, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Troysguilty

      Not likely. More likely the evidence which was found to be inadmissable--The shorts he was wearing with the officer's blood on them found at his Mama's house will become more public knowledge.

      September 22, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Blue Templar

      If I was told that my innocent death would cause 99 truly guilty people to go free? I'd choose death so that others do not continue to keep having to suffer. I am sick of criminals always being treated as victims, and victims being treated less than criminals. Everyone screams about the criminals rights, but never about the victims.

      September 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • lolza

      Would you say the same thing if you were innocent, and on death row?

      September 22, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Sadly there is no accountability on the part of government, which is worse than organized crime in many ways.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • jrh512

      The accused has had 22 years to make his case. I am against the death penalty for the simple reason that DNA evidence has exonerated several men that were convicted to die. I have no opinion on Davis' guilt or innocence.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • physicallyFit

      @D Shut up and stop repeating yourself, you're getting annoying and on the brink of becoming labeled as a spammer

      September 21, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sunnysout

      D- what gamble are you referring? There is no gamble with the decision this killer made the day he chose to gun down people. We are not talking about someone who is innocent. He did bad things and should be held accountable. I don't think this is even splitting hairs. Give him his due. You say do unto others and that is exactly what is going to happen. You kill someone in a state with Capitol Punishment, you're gonna go to the pokey and then get the needle or how ever GA puts their death row inmates to death. Don't sweat this- this guy is a bad decision maker.

      September 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evan Kirby

      Let your child be executed in exchange? That is the dumbest thing I have ever read. I agree that there is some legitimate doubt to him being guilty, but how does that come into play at all? Think before you type, for the sake of everyone reading this article.

      September 21, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vane

      Thank you for saying that. Some people are so ignorant.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Dorkus

      Yes, I am willing because I know I am innocent (I'm white and can do what I want).

      September 21, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • stacibaby

      @Teragon, Lets not be heinous. What if this was your son, or your family member that had be accused of something and non of the evidence is directly link to him and witness is saying yes i lied. You would want a new trial as well., Dont be and a** "Do unto others as you would have them to do unto you" and nobody is trash...SMH at the people of the world today.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • JJC

      If it were my son, i would explain to him, he is being served for the crime he committed. I would be sad, but after that much time and evidence I would kiss him good bye.

      September 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry

      You really don't know the facts of this case do you. He shot two people in the same day. Beat another with a hammer. The 7 of the 9 people who recanted their statements where friends and family at the earlier party where he shot someone in the face. Ballistics for the time period matched both crimes. Finger prints where found on the shell casings at both scenes with his prints (partial yes but that will happen when casing get blasted with that much heat). I am not for the death penalty unless absolutely sure its the guy. In this case objectively he did it. They had years and years of lawyers going back and forth. Heck it went to the Supreme Court and it still went forward. That tells you that the evidence against him before the Supreme Court wasn't good enough to overturn the conviction. Period Guilty

      September 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teragon

      Please – educate yourself before posting.
      He is guilty and there is NO DOUBT, only bunch of people who are against the capital punishment under any condition and lawyers who made their name by dragging this for 20 years.

      Execute this trash already.

      September 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teragon

      I read the facts – there is no doubt in his guilt. Evidence is there – he is guilty and should be executed.
      Only bunch of lawyers who are using loopholes in laws to drag this forever at taxpayer expense and people who don't want to execute even worst sadists, rapists and killers.

      I am looking forward for his death.

      September 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tee

      He going and he ain't coming back.

      September 21, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • JNOnSTL

      He's had multiple appeals, and none of the witnesses who recanted did so in court, where the presecution could ask questions.

      September 21, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |


      September 21, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      Of course you are assuming I washed his blood soaked underwear and try to hide it from the police right?

      If so, I agree with you

      September 21, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tiger2

      A lot of the evidence is directly linked to him, and it took over 15 years for the original 9 witnesses to start back-tracking on their stories. To me, that smells fishy. This guy did it. Stop wasting time and taxpayer money prolonging the inevitable. 20 years is too damn long to be dragging this out.

      September 21, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |

      The only flaw with your argument is that all of my family members are hard working law-abiding citizens who contribute to society. He may be innocent of killing that cop, but you can't paint him as a saint either.

      September 21, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |

      The only flaw with your argument is that all of my family members are hard working law-abiding citizens who contribute to society. He may be innocent of k!lling that cop, but you can't paint him as a saint either.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      There is actually a mountain of evidence against him, you have to actually go back (which I'm sure none of you have done) and read the ALL of the evidence that was presented in court to realize that this guy did it. The only miscarriage of justice here is that we haven't executed him yet.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brie

      Nonre of the evidence is linked to him?

      Are you out of your friggin mind.

      And they say that Fox news is distorted.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kaye

      I don't know...did I help my guilty relative run and hide? Did I wash his blood covered black shorts? Did he shoot not only the officer BUT another man that night? And last but not least had he been a jerk most of his life (school record and juvi record)? No, I would be on the side of the victims not the animal!

      September 21, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      what if your son was the cop who was murdered? than you might think if this a little differently

      September 21, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |

      The only flaw with your argument is that all of my family members are hard working, law-abiding citizens, who contribute to society. He may be innocent of killing that cop, but he wasn't a saint either.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |

      The only flaw with your argument is that all of my family members are hard working, law-abiding citizens, who contribute to society. He was a criminal before this happened anyway.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeHenrySC

      What was it like to be in the courtroom 20 years ago and see and hear all of the evidence? Oh, or are you simply repeating some mindless talking points you heard somewhere, but aren't quite sure who said it?

      September 21, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Philip McCleary

      All the evidence said he did it, a jury said he did it and now 22 years later we have justice.

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


      September 21, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • romw2894

      Mostly I think about the victim and the family of the victim. I hope they feel justice has finally prevailed tonight. The anti death penalty types will never look at it from the victim's side. Davis was just another 20 year old punk when he committed his crimes. I am sure 22 years later he talks and acts like a person not capable of such crimes....but justice is not as easily fooled as the activits and celebs standing outside the prison and writing stupid posts.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • GJN123

      do you really think 7 witnesses would wait 20 years to come out and say "i lied" after 5 other trials for this guy? why would the defense not allow a polygraph? HE IS GUILTY thats why

      September 21, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • JusticeServed

      He and his legal team had 20 years to prove his supposed innocence. The Cop Killer got what he deserved.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |

      You can say that again

      September 21, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Virgo

    I agree with you, Lan...but I think that is a conviction were to be overturned, it would have been overturned years ago. There is much that is in doubt here, but I'm not sure the State of Georgia is going to back down from this one; it takes a LOT to receive a new trial.
    The dumb Parole Board sounds like it's making it a point of pride; as in "we've never given clemency before, and no matter what common sense and evidence there is, we're not granting it now!" They should just have granted him clemency and have been done with it.
    Dragging this out is pointless.

    September 21, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Sunnysout

      Yeah, Virgo, I'm sure that this is about the Parole Board not wanting to lose face by backing down. Brilliant!

      September 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Shane

    the fact of the matter is he was convicted of this heinous crime, the punishment must be carried out. To say he didn't kill the cop is ridiculous because all the evidence is looking you in the eyes! The NAACP and Amnisty International need to just back off because they're now setting a precedent that all death row inmates will follow!

    September 21, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Carawaigh

      Which evidence is that? The recanted testimony of seven eyewitnesses? The unsubstantiated testimony of the only two who didn't recant? Maybe it's the nonexistent physical evidence?
      In any other state, the amount of doubt that has been cast on the reliability of the ONLY evidence in the case, the eyewitness testimony, would result in a new trial.
      Furthermore, in requiring him to prove his innocence (instead of the state proving his guilt), the state of Georgia is setting a very dangerous legal precedent.
      Trash he may be (I don't know the man), but what justice is there in executing him for a crime that he did not commit?

      September 21, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      There is at least one eyewitness, who has so far been suppressed, who says they saw Sylvester Coles shoot MacPhail. Coles is one of the two "witnesses" who haven't yet recanted their testimony.

      Troy Davis will probably be executed for a crime committed by Red Coles tonight. Go-go gadget-justice...

      September 21, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • JJC

      I saw the easter does that get put in as evidence of him being real???

      September 21, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Confused

      For all of you who say that "The system works" or "a Jury can't be wrong" look at the casey anthony case, better yet, The WEST MEMPHIS THREE were found guilty of raping, stabbing and mutilating the genitals of 3 eight year old cub scouts 18 years ago. One was even sentenced to death the other two got life. Guess where they are now. At home. Released under the "Alford Plea" A plea that says "The state has enough to prosecute you so, if we let you go, you can't sue us". WOW. Pick a side hypocrites!!!!

      September 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ariel Eliahou

      Hey Shane, what evidence is looking you in the eye?

      September 21, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. J.C.

    Ask him to take a polygraph. If he passes, offer the stay. If he fails, throw the switch.

    September 21, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • d

      apparently he did ask, and the state declined. Polygraphs are only admissible in court if both sides agree, and the state never agreed.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Carawaigh

      Polygraphs are about as reliable as tea leaves, and for the same reason. the results depend far too heavily on the interpretations of the person giving the polygraph. If the person giving it is predisposed to finding them guilty, then the subject will fail the test. If they are predisposed to finding them innocent, they will pass, no matter what. You might as well flip a coin.
      I've got an idea. How about a new trial? It's what the law calls for in this situation.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • RickyL

      I once failed a polygraph test that I had requested. Interpretation is everything.

      The jury found me not guilty.

      Thank God for twelve reasonable people deciding my fate instead of one incompetent.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Virgo

    To clarify:

    The Parole Board dragging this out is pointless.

    September 21, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. Marshall Hagy

    Give the state the power of life and death, and it will inevitably use it for political gain. This situation is morally bankrupt, and makes us look as barbarous as any third world nation.

    Marshall Hagy

    September 21, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. Grim Reaper

    They have to stop this execution Even if he is guilty almost everyone has taken back there testimony, Im all for the death penalty if its 100 percent certain this is 5 percent

    September 21, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. Aja

    DO YOU WANT THE TRUTH? WELL HERE YA GO! THE SMOKING GUN! ("Redd Coles killed the cop not Troy Davis)
    Tonya Johnson's actual affidavit:
    "Sylvester Coles - we all called him Red - and a guy named Terry coming down the street from the Burger King. When I saw Red and Terry they were both in a panic and very nervous. Red and Terry each had a gun with them at that time. Red asked me to hold the guns for him, which I refused to do. Red then took both guns next door to an empty house and put them inside the screen door and shut the door... I have known Red all of my life. He used to live next door to me... For most of my life I have been scared to death of him. In fact, he threatened me after this happened. He told me that he wanted to make sure that I did not tell the police about the guns he hid in the screen door that morning. This is why I did not testify about the guns at Troy's trial because I was afraid of what Red would do to me if I did. I have not told anyone about this until now because I was still scared... But I have decided that I must tell the truth."

    September 21, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • griff griff

      Dude, you are telling the wrong people.

      September 21, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • JohnO

      So it wasn't police intimidation. This guy is now saying he was intimidated by an over active imagination. Is that cause for a retrial? (hint = NO)

      September 21, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • RickyL

      Is there any twisting and willful misinterpretation of a sworn statement that you're not capable of, JohnO?

      And to what purpose? A man's life hangs in the balance, and you have the nerve to act like an eye-witness, judge and jury all rolled up into one.

      I do not know that Davis is innocent......and I surely do not know that he's guilty.

      There is no way I could support the death penalty in this case.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • CH

      You are a coward and when Troy Davis does die, his blood will be on your hands. At least call into the governor's office on a pay phone and move to another state. If Davis is innocent you MUST inform the state.

      September 21, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Americans for Honest Justice

      Thankyou so much for posting that important information!!!!

      September 22, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. svdumas

    For all of you that think that this has to do with race, know that a jury of his "peers" convicted and sentenced Troy "On August 28, 1991, the jury, composed of seven blacks and five whites, took under two hours to find Davis guilty on one count of murder and the other offenses."

    September 21, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • dallas

      AND some members of the jury have said that if they knew then what they know now, Troy Davis would NOT have been convicted. They convicted him solely on the eye witnesses! You can debate this all day, the bottom line is ANY doubt even 1% should save this man from being murdered! This is AMERICA and we are constantly running our mouths about how other countries are monsters, if Troy is killed what does that make us? Monsters all the same. I personally believe he's innocent; however, the fight these attorneys are fighting is to keep him from being executed NOT setting him free and i pray they save Troy Davis! heartbreaking

      September 21, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      It's not about race, and that same jury today, knowing what they know now, would not convict Troy Davis of MacPhail's murder. That's what the jurors say.

      Coles shot MacPhail, not Davis. It's not about race. It's about executing the wrong man for the crime.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Aony

      It was the judge who permitted impermissible evidence – that is mixed up shell casings- to use against defendant. Jurors didn't seem to aware that.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Given 20 years of spin, 20 years of pressure on witnesses to recant, it would be hard for any conviction to stand. And as for the comment that the judge allowed impermissible evidence to be admitted: Says who? Not any of the appellate courts. Again, only the spinmeisters.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • JohnO

      dallas – the legal standard is REASONABLE DOUBT not ANY doubt. It is folks like you that give us OJ and Casey Anthony verdicts! Grow up!!!

      September 21, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • F


      dallas – the legal standard is REASONABLE DOUBT not ANY doubt. It is folks like you that give us OJ and Casey Anthony verdicts! Grow up!!!

      It is also folks like them that would protect YOU should you be wrongly accused and convicted in the court of public opinion. If this case does not raise reasonable doubts, than I don't know what would. It is folks like you that erode rights for everyone. Grow up.

      September 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • victor

      Even if he was guilty:

      a) Killing a police officer is the only murder that should NEVER be capital/death penalty, they put themselves in the line of fire, they chase people to take away their freedoms, and their wives damned well know there is a good chance every night their husband will come home in a body bag. Let them live with their choice, not blame others. Take responsibility. The cop was looking for Troy, not the other way around? Then he paid the price? Too bad.

      b) Even if he is guilty, the problem with capital punishment is that it gives half the world the legal right to destroy the US!

      September 22, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. brandi

    He said he will take a polygraph, they will not let him. And to the person that solid evidence...ummm.. there isnt any. There is alot of pressure on the legal system to find cop killers. I really do understand. But their is not enough evidence for lethal injection. There is another possible suspect, the guy that told on him his best friend. And they really had nothing to convict Troy on but his testimony and what people said. So this is my issue, we are executing people, because of another criminal on parole said. Come on now. That is too much...

    September 21, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      I"m curious why the same people who don't want to use a polygraph to convict (and rightly so, because polygraphs are unreliable) want to use them in cases like this one to get someone off the hook.

      Twelve people who took the time to hear the testimony and see the evidence unanimously decided there was no reasonable doubt that he is guilty. Those of you who challenge that should remember that you didn't hear the testimony, you didn't see the evidence, you've just heard 20 years of spin.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • victor

      This if for Eric the genius... I've been in sales, and I've convinced 1012 people of things that was total BS. Especially Americans in the South, why do you the telemarketers target them? They are sheep, easily convinced, because most of them lack formal education past high school.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. smartypants

    Is this guy STILL alive? Maybe the reason the death penalty isn't a deterrent, as liberals are wont to claim, is that a guy waits 22 years to actually be put to death. To 20-year-old thug contemplating murder, 22 years might as well be a lifetime.

    September 21, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • barack

      To me, the death penalty isn't a deterent. No one can prove that at all, but it is a way of making sure that person doesn't do it again. That's all and nothing more.

      September 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • RickyL

      Do you think the history of executions began 22 years ago, smarty?

      Wake up.......death penalties have NEVER in the history of mankind deterred anything.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • TexanforPerry

      RickyL........I bet it deters this cop killer from killing again.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      "To me, the death penalty isn't a deterent. No one can prove that at all, but it is a way of making sure that person doesn't do it again."

      So it is a deterrent then, it will deter that person from ever killing know, like the ones that get out only to commit the same crimes again

      September 22, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • victor

      It's true, same like.... next time a right-wing american makes the country look stupid, we can super-glue his miserable rotten decayed lips together do he never can do it again!

      September 22, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
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