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

Troy Davis put to death

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 p.m.: Will undergo a physical.

4 p.m.: Last meal offered.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The group is praying and holding hands, Valdes reported.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

soundoff (5,817 Responses)
  1. Coker

    job well done Georgia.

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

      Sure, good at allowing jury and judge presented with contaminated evidence to convict a person. If that's what you call a well done job.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MarciaMarcia

    Cops, judges, and prosecuting attys would rather let a potentially innocent man die than lose face.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Melissa

    I don't know what happened, you don't know what happened. I just pray to God they have the right man and that a killer isn't on the streets right now.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      Where is Sylvester Coles nowadays?

      September 21, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • easy

      there's lots of killer's on the streets right now who got off on technicality's that were guilty, not to mention the one's who got away with murder and are going to eventually kill. I think pedophiles should be on deathrow as well as those who abuse the elderly or mentally ill. I have no problem pulling the switch, spiking the vein. What a world it COULD be if the punishments FIT the crimes!

      September 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • JEM

      O.J. was innocent. Google "OJ Guilty but not of Murder".
      His son Jason did the murders.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. easy

    He's guilty enough trials, evidence and educated men and women have said so over and over again. Stop wasting space, money and resources on this trash.Everyone on deathrow should have 2 trials "just in case" the first trial had any issues by the end of the second if the verdict's the same death should be swift.Look at McVie he was gone and fast enough already with this bull.If the "moral police" have a problem 20 years later with what if then I'll spike the vein and God can judge me.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caught_Sleepin

      I am VERY sorry you think it is acceptable to MURDER an innocent man, easy ... but ... I don't!!! I have NO problem with the death penalty or life in prison. I do have a SERIOUS problem with a system that, in the face of obvious reasonable doubt, can't react accordingly. You and everyone else who says "get it done" or "kill him now" probably just want him to be silenced so he can't speak about his innocence and remind you the process is imperfect. A majority of the witnesses have recanted their testimony, 3 of the 12 jurors have said his life should be spared and the Pope, an ex-President (Jimmy Carter) and an ex-FBI Director (William Sessions) have all said Troy Davis should NOT die. So tell me, easy, who are these educated men and women you speak of??? Can you, honestly, tell me there is not a reasonable doubt as to the guilt of this man? Oh, wait ... don't worry about it ... kill him and let God sort it out. Nice, easy ... really, really nice!!! I bet you wouldn't feel that way if Troy Davis was your brother ... or your son. Would you?

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

      And I tell you this, if ever someone is found to be the killer this family, the DA, the Parole Board AND YOU will HAVE the blood of an innocent man ON YOUR HANDS for the rest of their lives. INCLUDING YOU. TRUST ME.INCLUDING YOU.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • pat carr

      caught sleeping, i agree. i am a very firm advocate of the DP. But in this case, there's so many holes you could fly a 747 through. to say "let's just get it over with" makes a mockery of justice

      September 21, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • OhioMike

      People like "Easy" are the reason Americans are sometimes viewed by the world as a silly, self-absorbed and arrogant people. Speak out against his ignorance and hate but he will never change.

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

      And it's ignorant people like you that allow men to walk free after raping children, woman the elderly, after killing someone because he's "better" now or there's not enough proof. There's been 20 years of this and the outcome is the same GUILTY. I won't lose a second sleep over this and like I said I'll let God judge me I could care less about your closed minds and high horses. VICTIMS DESERVE JUSTICE.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. OhioMike

    "An-eye-for-an-eye-for-an-eye-for-an-eye ... ends in making everybody blind." Mahatma Gandhi

    September 21, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • easy

      and the world a much safer place was the end to that quote.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guilty Liar

      Gandhi didnt have a clue, really study him. He was a lunatic with cray ideas. Man was a danger to the world.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nobody you know

      @easy because the murder rates are so much lower here than in Europe with no death penalty. {sarcasm}

      Perhaps you should rely on FACTS and not just conjecture.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • OhioMike

      Guitar Liar is the one who needs to study. What you seem to know about Ghandi and the Indian and Muslim struggle against British imperialism would not fill a thimble. And Easy needs to read up on the origins of the quote.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Marry

    The son of a friend of mine went on Spring break with his friends in Texas. While he was with his friends at a discotheque a bank nearby was robed. As they were leaving the party, the police was all over the area and they arrested my friend’s son because “he looked like the robber” (he looks “Mexican”). All his and his friends talking did no good until a day later he was finally able to quickly call his mother (3 minutes). She got a (good) lawyer who requested the video tapes of the Discotheque. They got VERY LUCKY because, a few hours later the tape would have been recycled. Now, the police could have checked right away if it was true that he was at that party. But, they did not! Without the tape it would have taken forever (if ever) to prove that he was innocent. By the way, this “defending” their son cost them more than 10 000, – $ to get him out of this “false arrest” (9 days!) and they did not get a penny back. (Does everyone to have this kind of money?) We know that public defenders try – but they too are overworked and not always that bright or engaged!
    What I am saying is that the police (never mind the courts) are often not even capable (over worked, understaffed not well trained, etc. etc.) to solve easy situations like that. With that kind of background, the death penalty should not be on the books! There are too often mistakes made!

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

      Hey man, I totally agree with you. It's very very sad. I was walking out of seven eleven a few ago, and I got approached by undercover cops who ruffed me up, in broad daylight, in front of all the customers, and once they got my ID from my pocket, they said, I had fit the description of a murder suspect. I couldn't believe it. I look black.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • JEM

      The police serve the interests of the government; not you or the public.
      It doesn't matter much to the state if a few (or a lot) of innocent people are convicted.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • pat carr

      Welcome to Oceania. Orwell would be proud.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Robert...

    I think I'm missing something too. If a person commits a crime once, it is likely they will commit a crime again. Why isn't anyone talking about Troy Davis' shooting of Michael Cooper in the face??? Why are we so sympathetic toward Troy's innocent look?

    Why would anyone try to make this a race issue??? I'm African-American, myself... The Parole Board is made up of at least a couple of African Americans.

    In countries that practice capital punishment for violent crimes or murders, there crime rate is often drastically lower than our crime rate in our country where it is a known fact that even after being convicted, one may still get off. (I.e. Casey Anthony, O.J. Simpson, etc)

    September 21, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      Yeah, except that Davis didn't shoot Cooper in the face. Ask Cooper.

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

      Yeah Troy's innocent look how about Mr. Cooper's look? Wonder what his face looks like with a bullet hole probably not so "innocent"

      September 21, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • kdd

      You may be right in all you have said but if a man consistently say" i did not do it" you have reexamine the whole case. He may be a criminal but he did not do this one and executing the wrong person is justice denied. As civilized as we are why cant we listen to all these world leaders and STOP it for today and ever found still guilty then they can proceed. But for today STOP IT GEORGIA STOP

      September 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Fact

    He killed a cop. Time to fry.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      [Sylvester Coles] killed a cop. Time [for Troy Davis] to fry.


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

      How did you know? you are just saying what you have heard.And that is not wise.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • JEM

      What makes cops so sacred?
      Should he get a lessor punishment for killing a taxi driver?

      September 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ness1

    I don't get it, he was charged with murder and sentenced to death all on eye witness testimony. There's lots of doubt in this story, yet he gets the death penalty. Casey Anthony's lawyers caused enough "doubt" for her to only get 4 years probation. Why?

    September 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Annatala

    The legal system makes mistakes. There have been dozens of death row inmates exhonerated in the past, and at least one person who was executed that forensic science now shows with great certainty did not commit the crime. Since you can't "undo" an execution, executions should not be legal. Let the worst offenders rot in a supermax jail pod. Executions are a tremendous waste of taxpayer money.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • easy

      No keeping vile excuses for human beings alive on tax payers $ is a waste of money. Cheaper to kill them.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kaden

      To easy, It's actually not cheaper to have the death penalty. I have done lots of research on it, and it's cheaper to keep them in prison for life. Look it up.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. C.

    So, Casey Anthony walks free, and this man will be executed without much evidence? Way to be fair...

    September 21, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guilty Liar

      Casey is beautiful and innocent. Im a close friend of hers and she is not guilty in any way, just guilty of being drop dead gorgeous and all you people saying otherwise are just jealous.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    I am amazed at how confidently (or is it stupidly?) people identify on each others camp, by mere TV reports etc.


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

      Even if Davis is guilty, how much trust can we give to an agency that executed a search for forensics evidence without a warrant? That alone shows they are not trustworthy.

      Stop cutting the authorities so much slack. There is no reason to trust them.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • kermit12

      WHY? They make way too many mistakes.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA

      Well, they may make mistakes, b'coz they are humans. But I believe there are no such grounds in this case given that it has been reviewed over & over again.

      Haiving said that, I don't know the evidence for & against, and NEITHER DO YOU!

      So, if we don't trust the agencies can we trust the mobs?

      September 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. lq

    USA is no bit better then iran... cruel barbarian country. death penalty is against human rights.

    look at my contry germany.. we have learned from our bad past.. we accept human rights

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

      what about the rights of their victims to have lived a normal life without being killed by these animals once you MURDER someone you give up your rights because your now an animal not included under human rights...I apologize to animals but I don't know what to classify a premeditating murderer as.

      September 21, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Zach

    As a Journalism student, we are working on figuring out a way to make the web more user-friendly and convenient for the consumer. On this story, and others on the CNN site, I would like to see a link to all previous stories about the subject. I have no idea what is going on with the Troy Davis case other than the fact that people are fighting for him to get out of prison. Why?!? I am not suggesting to rewrite the story, just link to a page that has further background.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drill

      I second that

      September 21, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ricky

    Minority gal – I too don't know much about this crime and the 20 years it has taken. However, in our current court system, it is not up to the accused to prove their innocence, but rather the govt to prove guilt. He has been convicted, and all his appeals etc. have failed. But I tend to agree with the basic thought – if there is any question as to his guilt, maybe his sentence should be commuted to life without parole. Then at some later date if he can prove innocence, he can get out and sue the crap out of them.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • easy

      I think that's the law that should be CHANGED they should have to prove they DIDN'T do it. That way to answer the other poster on here Casey Anthony would have been found guilty. The legal system in this country cares more about the perps then the victims they prey on.

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