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. M in Oz

    RIP Mr Davis, you have been punished.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Candid One

      For our sins.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
    • M in Oz

      Did you help him kill Mr MacPhail? Did you help him shot the other guy? Did you help him beat he homeless man? Did you help him flee to Atlanta so he could get away from his punishment? If so he died for your sin (not mine).

      September 22, 2011 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
    • ???

      You are an embarassment.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dean

    I would support a 20 foot concrete wall between Canada and USA with no gates as long
    as I could remain on the north side !!!

    September 22, 2011 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
    • M in Oz

      You think you can't contain yourself from going South? No need for a wall, just lop off your legs and you'll be fine.

      September 22, 2011 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike Houston

      I'm with you on that one, Dean – as long as you are the one who has to build it – and I NEVER am
      required to go North of it into what must be hell frozen over...

      September 22, 2011 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike Houston

      And, another thing, Dean. I do hope you and your "benign" Canadians are as incensed
      about the kindly Chinese death penalty practices as you are about that of the wicked ol'
      U.S.A...Oh! One more thing...How about the U.S. eliminates the death penalty and we
      simply throw our convicted killers over your 20ft wall into Canada? No? Why ever not?

      September 22, 2011 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. Frank Blackstone

    Amerikan Justice , Is Rush to Kill , Isnt it amazing they can find others like the Prison Staff to cary out the Killings. OK Guys gotta go kill another one , Maby its the overtime or is it Fun killing someone when the Boss sais its ok , Or is it No Conseous or moral belief that it might be wrong.Kill someone on Wednesday and Go to Church on sunday like a good christian and feel good about what you did on Wednesday.It my belief the Jureors and Judge should have to cary it out if they convect someone to die ..Solely beceause the THINK with no real evedence , Only They Think and dont like this person lets kill him . The Amerikan Death sentence system is Judecial Murder in the first degree...

    September 22, 2011 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Phoenix Theory

      There is nothing wrong with the death penalty for the sick pervs running around taking other peoples lives. The problem is that the punishment is not always fair. The words "Beyond a shodow of doubt" are not heeded. There are too many errors. To many messed up things. Too many prosecutors that get a bug up their tail & don't allow a fair hearing. They hide evidence. The fabricate evidence. They ignore evidence that could have shed doubt We have all forgotten in the TROY case as well, about those that recanted their stories. What in gods name were you getting involved in the first place? It seems to me, that those who lined up and testified against him the first place for their own mental issues, needing to be in the mix of things....need to be looked at very carefully. He may have stood a chance in the first place for less, had they not stuck their forks into the stew still cooking. We cry now about too much Doubt, yet we speak nothing of those that helped his conviction in the first place.

      September 22, 2011 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
    • M in Oz

      It's not "shodow of doubt" it's beyond reasonable doubt and he was found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by people who WERE in the court room and who DID hear the evidence.

      September 22, 2011 at 4:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. Scamerica

    The United States is very overrated.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike Houston

      Tell that to all the immigrants, both legal and illegal, scrambling into the U.S. We'd
      gladly do without 'em...

      September 22, 2011 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. Alex

    How is Casey Anthony and Charles Manson still alive? Casey killed her own child, and Charles manson ordered the brutal murder of Sharon tate and others. But Troy Davis alledgedly shoots ONE cop and gets death? Meanwhile the WHITE pig that murdered Oscar grant received a slap on the wrist?

    September 22, 2011 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Phoenix Theory

      hmmm, you forgot the black man OJ that walked free on slitting his wifes throat so deeply that she was nearly beheaded, as was her friend that stopped....having nothing to do with the beef that was going on with his seperated spouse.

      September 22, 2011 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. ???

    Oh great, a flood of trolls to ruin a potentially good forum for discussion. I'm outta here.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mike Houston

    Can't say I'm against the death penalty because there are those who truly deserve it (Charles Manson does).
    My only question in this case is whether the police had one of those gun-powder residue tests done on Davis.
    If they did and found a negative result then there is serious doubt about his guilt. If they did the test and got a
    positive result that is "forensic" evidence that points toward guilt. Whatever was done, one thing seems clear:
    there WAS/IS a "shadow" of doubt, and the man should NOT have gotten the death penalty. Georgia messed
    this one up.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. parentof6

    The same people who decry the death penalty PROMOTE the death of unborn babies. CNN Host included.

    September 22, 2011 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike Houston

      whatever, human-repro-machine...

      September 22, 2011 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
    • scott

      fetuses don't have feelings or emotions or a conscious. they are merely a small cluster of cells.

      September 22, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
    • M in Oz

      Sure, you asked everyone what they believe in...

      September 22, 2011 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. Phoenix Theory

    I don't believe it was a race issue. Nor do I agree with comparing it to the Anthony case. I am so sick of that race card being pulled. Every single time something doesn't go the way certain people want it to go. I was against this execution. There was too much doubt. At one point I almost swayd the opposit however, nearly did not write my letter to protest (a lot of good it did anyway ) (seems like something is wrong when the general public is not listened to, as wide spread in demonstration as this ). I shut my lap top twice and said to heck with it, when I saw the race card issue being thrown out. Then I thought long & hard about a man, just a man in some prison cell that surely must be freaking out. Not responsible for those screaming "BLACK". A word to the wise, possibly in the future that race card so easily pulled out, may come back and bite you in the tail. I wonder if those making the decision of his life & death felt that way, like the times I shut my computer & said "I won't be involved in this". That they did not think of Troy himself, as a man, and got wrapped up in the disgust as I did seeing any signs that had the words "BLACK" in it. Just a thought to concider the next time we are ever in a situation as such again, fighting for some poor mans life that did nothing except get seriously screwed possibly in our judicial system.
    What those who throw that race card out so readily, have not realised, or simply don't care, it's a small minority that have a race issue. The majority of those who do not, are well, to be quite honest, sick to death of it. So sick of it in fact, that like I, had to open my computer a few times before I rallied my support. I had to think of a man that had responsibility in the BLACK signs being showed. One evening before I went to my heart & soul searched it, I went so far as to say "to hell with ALL of them. Pull the race card the price for doing so". Then I saw thru the photographs, mounds of people who were not screaming about black, just unfair justice or TO MUCH DOUBT. It was for them, and them alone, I began my protest. Decidiing that the RACE CARD issue being used by some, was not enough reason for me to not support this man, who deserved it.

    This trial that took place, was not white vs black. It had 2 major problems from the get go. A police Officer. Which made it public. Which also pushed it into the death penalty arena. The 2nd big issue with this case, is that the defendant did not have the means & financial ways to hire a decent attorney. Nor was it public enough in stature for the high priced, big wigs to jump on board as lead council or in aid to it all.
    The Casey Anthony case is like comparing apples to your coffee table. It doesn't even merit the cliche apples to oranges. But if we must, since many have decided to. We are talking a young female from middle income family, that created fasinating characters in her life. A web of lies so detailed that a good novel writer, could not have come up with such a draft themselves. Not in fiction even. It was a trial so publisized that the State gave her ungodly amounts of money to pay for a defense. Now when does anyone else in the world claiming indigent & looking at lead counsel from the public defenders pool, get such a bank roll to fight their innocence. No one. Not even Troy could dream of such. We may thank that to such people as Nancy Grace that would not keep her mouth shut about it. Hundreds & weeks of tv coverage on the case. Most hours repeated in different words, the same info again & again. It was not because the girl was white. Nor that she was cute & female (which Troy of course was not). It was because she was absolutly out of the box with serious mental issues.

    So Troy lost his life. Not because he was black. Simply because he came from a neighborhood, that did not let him get the high priced council needed, against the cardinal sin of a Police Officer.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
    • M in Oz

      Sorry I fell asleep when you compared him with Casey Anthony. He committed this crime over 20yrs ago- get over the victim mentality.

      September 22, 2011 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Phoenix Theory

      It does become a victim theory when we got back into the dust and discuss the cases of 2 decades ago. What took place in the judical sywtem was in fact 2 decades ago often unfair. It is not so much these days now. Troy would have had a much different type of court case 20 years later. Then what happened back then. The problem however is that now, we are dealing with punishments in the present, from way back then. Which is why I wrote...YOU CAN NOT compare this to the Anthony case. "It's like comparing apples to your coffee table" .

      September 22, 2011 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. Philippa

    It is incomprehensible to me, whether or not a man is guilty, that keeping him in a cage for twenty-two years, and then executing him, is not perceived to be cruel and unusual punishment.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
    • tkessler45

      it's not

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

      and in 22 years he wasn't "rehabilitated" enough for him to not deserve to die. I mean we lock other people away for a year, 5 years, 10 years and then we let them go and claim they're "rehabilitated" and that our justice system and our prisons aren't total monstrosities and jokes, but apparently he's not even "rehabilitated" enough to stay in jail forever.

      September 22, 2011 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
    • ed

      you are correct living is a cage is cruel.... he should have be killed years ago.

      September 22, 2011 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
    • JEM

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

      Our justice system is a national embarrassment.

      September 22, 2011 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Kyle-Benjamin

      Agreed. But, in order to see the true flaw, we must be willing to take an omniscient view of what our Justice/Legal/Maritime Admiralty/UCC/Whatever You Would Like to Call It system actually is. When we move beyond rationalizations for why people are the way they are and why they make the choices they make, we may arrive at a realization that the very fact that our economic and social systems operate in such a manner which creates a necessity for a "Justice" system tells us something is askew and needs to be changed. In other words, the question becomes: What is the underlying root-cause of aberrant behavior in our society? Here, I can only tell you what I have arrived at through my studies: The root-cause is our entire social/economic paradigm itself....

      If you would like more information regarding an evolution in our ways of thinking, please check out The Zeitgeist Movement and read some of the material.... It is time to Move Forward. Live. Learn. Love...

      September 22, 2011 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      We let people go like Casey Anthony and O.J. if there is any reasonable doubt at all, because it's better to have several people go free than one innocent person wrongfully convicted. Apparently Georgia has a different standard though. This reminds me of that old song from the 70's, The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia. Well the state has murdered another innocent man, and who knows how many in between. At the heart of this case is the issue of the unreliability of eyewitness testimony, especially when coerced by police. Police officers who coerce testimony, playing games with people's lives, should be sent to prison. This is a heinous breach of public trust. The other big issue is our system not being willing or able to step in and correct the wrongs of the past. It is unbelievable that this man was not set free based upon what transpired. At the point of conviction, that's where the concern over innocence stops, which is clearly evident here. Getting rid of the death penalty is one thing, but a system that would even allow this man to be incarcerated for life when even the family dog knows there isn't enough good evidence against him to keep him in jail one more night is pathetic.

      September 22, 2011 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. scott

    This case is pretty simple: Dumb, ignorant, racist people think Davis was guilty and got what he deserved. Intelligent, objective and compassionate people see this case as an unconscionable grave injustice. When did the requirements for reasonable doubt change in Georgia? Must have been one of those "laws" legislators back allayed into the books....

    September 22, 2011 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
    • M in Oz

      Not simple at all Einstein.

      September 22, 2011 at 4:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. JT4YA

    SO he dies with no hard evidence against him but Casey Anthony is free.... There's our justice system. If Casey Anthony was black she would be sharing the same fate.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
    • M in Oz

      "If Casey Anthony was black"- the most typed phrase in the last two days. Get over it, they both had trials in different contexts at different times. If Ted Bundy was black he would have been killed just like he was and he was white.

      September 22, 2011 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
  13. Frank Blackstone

    Come home to the Kids; what did you do tonight Daddy? O not mutch i took some Guy out of his cell and helpd strap him down and kill him , He said he was inocent and a lot of people against this But Thats ok It was my Job..WHAT Kind of people do these Jobs?? Do the go to church and think there good people ?? Most sensable people would never consider doing somthing so cruel and indecent to another person .."Its ok its my Job"..wasnt that the defense stratigy at the Nuremburg trials? ,,But he did a crime and deservd it..Even though there was no evedance other than They Think he did it 'Thats a powerfull word."Think" ..Inocense isnt important to someone else thinks otherwise..."We the Judge and Jurey THINK" dont realy know but they THINK and that makes it all OK all that comes to my Mind...

    September 22, 2011 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
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  15. Christina

    Someone I know said this but I completely agree. Our justice system and government failed today. We go into other countries to prevent their government from hurting its people but within our own country a life is so easily taken.

    Before today, I didn't really have a definitive stance on the death penalty. Today I realize that I was wrong, that we were wrong. Killing in the name of justice might make sense to some, but to strip ourselves of compassion and to blindly press on towards the goal of filling voids that will never be truly filled does less to bring justice and shows us how desperate we are to have an answer, even if we don't believe in it. This lack of integrity is the very thing that makes me ashamed to live in a country where legalized lynching continues to be tolerated. To the family of Mark MacPhail and those who believed "without a doubt" that Davis was guilty, I have no words. "Innocent until proven guilty" means less to me than it ever did. All citizens are not equal under the law and never were – this is as inexcusable today as it ever was and ever will be. Love thy neighbor, RIP Troy Davis.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
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