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. atypical

    ignorance is a requisite for enlightenment. and from the looks of things and many of these comments. . . there is a lot of room for growth.
    if any good comes from executing anyone–for anything–is that the one who dies is no longer contained by the perimeters of what we generally call "life."
    nunti sunya–to truth, equality, transparency and expansion of consciousness.
    Davis, you are not alone. . . no one ever is.

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

      you are wrong but not worth explaining

      September 21, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • jim

      @atypical From your comment we can see that you meet the requirement for enlightenment. Begin now.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |

    By all accounts....Mr. Davis must not be put to death

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

      Ok, James decided. Let him free...

      September 21, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Um... he shot someone in the face (at a POOL PARTY), then pistol-whipped a customer at a convenience store when he was trying to get away, THEN shot the police officer. At no point has anyone denied that he committed the other acts, they're just saying he didn't murder the police officer. How does that make sense? People who change their minds 20 years after the fact under pressure from Amnesty International and the media are significantly LESS credible than their initial testimony was at the trial.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ginalee

    A person with a gun/knife in his hand and in control of a situation, whether or not he is under influence of alcohol, drugs, or religion or mental state is responsible for THAT MOMENT IN TIME. If a life is taken...then a there a life responsible for that act.

    September 21, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. terry

    Here's the real question...are people who KILL people for KILLING people any better than the KILLER?

    September 21, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob


      September 21, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Justice Served

      It is called the rule of law. It is called justice for the family. I know you as a lawless piece of trash would want the same thing if this "thug" murdered your mom or sister!

      September 21, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      actually they are

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

      Only idiots consider ALL acts of killing to be equal.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. Pierre

    Eyewitness testimony is incredibly flawed. The fact that we are willing to execute a man based on eyewitness testimony alone is a miscarriage of justice. It is also very important to remember when making a determination on this man's innocence or guilt that 5 of the 7 so called eyewitnesses have later recanted.

    September 21, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • tferg

      Well you also must consider that 21 years ago those witnesses were positive in what they saw. No one wants to take a life. Especially 21 years later. Witness often change their stories when guilt is placed on them for being honest about what they witnessed. The guilt is placed on them by attorneys, media and society. All while the blame, guilt and punishment should be placed on the offender.

      No one has mentioned the officer that gave his life. Or the brutal way in which he died. Mr. Davis should be held accountible for his crime. He should be put to death and I hope he has had time to consider his life after death with God Almighty.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. James M

    You can debate the legitimacy of the death penalty all day long, and I'll listen to what you have to say, but don't for one INSTANT say that Troy Davis is innocent.

    He shot a man in the face at a party, then viciously beat and robbed a homeless man, with two accomplices, one of whom (assuming Davis did not pull the trigger) then murdered in cold blood a good Samaritan who came to the homeless man's aid.

    Part of personal responsibility is realizing that you are judged by the company you keep, and your past actions will rightly influence other people's assessment of your character. Davis would not be on trial for murder had he not been an active and willing participant of said murder. He is not innocent.

    A sociopath is someone who refuses to take responsibility for their actions and acknowledge the consequences of those actions, as a result of their inability to feel guilt or remorse. A telltale characteristic of a sociopath is the desire for others to "feel sorry" for them, to pity them. An innocent person in Troy's shoes would nevertheless feel the guilt of association for participating in events that led to the death of MacPhail. After 20 years, that introspection would result in heartfelt apologies to his family, and an acceptance that no reasonable person should be expected to believe his claims of innocence, neither of which is the case here.

    Davis is a remorseless individual who will go to his grave proclaiming the injustice of it all, never once admitting that he is the only person responsible for where he is now. He may not have pulled the trigger, but through his actions up to that point he gave the jury no reason to believe otherwise.

    September 21, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • yeltzin

      well said. he admitted to being there

      September 21, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      "He may not have pulled the trigger..."

      What? If Sylvester Coles shot and killed MacPhail, on what planet is executing Troy Davis tonight any form of justice whatsoever?

      September 21, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      How do you know? Where you there? Once there's doubt, then the case itself comes into question.

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

      Being at the location of the crime does should not result in DEATH. Its really just that simple.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • HDF

      Clearly you have not been following the case. Davis did not beat the homless man it was the guy who said Davis was the killer who beat the homeless man. If someone was to accuse you of a crime, with absolutely NO evidence, that you didnt do or say you didnt do how would you feel? I dont know if he did it or not nor am i here to try and figure it out but look at the legal can you kill someone legally with NO evidence. lets be logical for a minute people. forget race and all that other BS and just look at the case.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • C

      You understand that just because people have said those things in the past doesn't make them true, right? I could say that you, "James M" are a vicious sociopath who murdered 20 children. Now that I've said it, should the state put you to death? We sentence people based on facts, not allegations. The facts in this case are that there is no credible evidence against Mr. Davis. The jurors who sentenced him to death now say that they wouldn't have even convicted had they been presented with the evidence that is available today. Mr. Davis will be killed today for the simple reason that the State can't admit its mistake.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • yesterdaygone

      You sound as if you have first hand knowledge, were you there.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • jim

      @Tony There is almost always SOME doubt (or defense attorney-contrived confusion). That's why conviction is based upon lack of REASONABLE doubt, not lack of any doubt.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • J. Monroe

      Those of you opposed seem to conveniently disregard the following:

      "An innocent person in Troy's shoes would nevertheless feel the guilt of association for participating in events that led to the death of MacPhail. After 20 years, that introspection would result in heartfelt apologies to his family, and an acceptance that no reasonable person should be expected to believe his claims of innocence, neither of which is the case here."

      Troy does not behave innocently, he behaves as someone who regrets getting caught.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jaysen

    where is the PHYSICAL EVIDENCE linking this man to this crime? we have two witnesses–AND THAT'S IT. you can't put a man to death based on that! or at least: you shouldn't.

    September 21, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      So every court that has looked at this (7 of them Ibelieve) all come to the same conclusion, but they are all wrong and a killer is right...

      Sorry, I trust the system. Now where is that plunger...

      September 21, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Light In The Dark

      **** we have two witnesses–AND THAT'S IT

      Maybe mister Davis should have commited his crime in front of 200 to please you ?

      September 21, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. tony

    tick tick tick tick tick tick tick

    September 21, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. fiveteeonevee

    what is really offensive is the parole board putting the burden of proof on the accused, given the fact that 7 out of 9 of the witnesses have recanted their eyewittness accounts. The prosecutor was on TV last night saying "why should we believe them?" The point is they are saying they were COERCED into giving false testimony by the police in Savanah. Why is that so hard to believe? Why is that so impossible to consider?

    September 21, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  10. terry

    Are people who KILL people for KILLING people any better than the KILLER?

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

      You cant be serious. There has to be some type of punishment for lawless, ruthless criminals. If not then we could not live free.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. BillyC

    Welcome to the Good O'l Boy State of GA. Man what a mistake it was moving here..

    September 21, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • kermit12

      You said it. I've been there, if your black your a lower class citizen. I'm white and a close friend was black. He was
      treated like dirt.

      He went into the Navy, and served a distinguished career and is now living in Seattle, WA. It makes much less of a difference what color you are in Seattle or Portland, OR than it does in the South. Again, I was rasied there, so I can tell the truth, and I'm a white woman.

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

    For those who feel that this case is as full of holes as swiss cheese, you can call Judge Penny Freesemann 912-652-7252.

    Keep in mind that if he is, indeed, innocent and is executed, the true guilty party will go free to kill again.

    September 21, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. Michelle

    Casey Anthony walks out of prison FREE!!!! Troy Davis spend years in prison over unclear evidence of a murder then he is faced with being laid to rest tonight! Only can imagine his thoughts! #NOT A GOOD LOOK JUSTICE SYSTEM!!

    September 21, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. nimitta

    Troy Davis should not be executed – let'sjoin the rest of the civilized world and abolish the death penalty! – but neither should he be made an international symbol of false imprisonment. There is no reasonable doubt at all that he shot Michael Cooper and Mark MacPhail. If you haven't read the trial record or Judge Moore's appellate decision, in which he carefully analyzes the facts of the case and evaluates each instance of so-called 'recantation', this may not be clear. Each of those 'recanting' witnesses was subject to intense pressure over many years from Davis supporters, who have tried to turn the case into a narrative about race and injustice. Their claims – Davis did not receive a fair trial, he was a victim of racial prejudice, the police coerced witnesses, there was no physical evidence – are not supported by the facts, though.

    Personally, I am alert and sympathetic to such claims, and can think of few things worse than wrongful conviction, much less the execution of an innocent person. However well-intentioned, though, supporters like Amnesty International have inadvertently tried to turn a man who was a cruel, hateful psychopath in 1989 into an international symbol of false imprisonment – a horrific irony that reinforces the idea that political progressives are naive.

    September 21, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      I would agree with you IF our prison system was not a country club and our legal system didn't hand out paroles because of budget cuts. But here in the US a life sentence is not a life sentence. But a death sentence is.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      Actually, you should read Moore's decisions and how he came to them again.

      He threw out testimony of people who claimed that they heard Coles admit to the murder based on the fact that it was "hearsay" evidence, yet did not hold that standard of hearsay to the testimony against Davis that claimed that he admitted to the same murder. The court officially dismissed the appeal WITHOUT ruling on its merits.

      Seriously, now. Stop spreading the lie that the merits of the original case against Davis was reaffirmed at every stage of appeal process, especially when it comes to Moore. This simply is NOT TRUE.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • nimitta

      Bruce, what're ya talkin' about? I never said that "the merits of the original case against Davis was [sic] reaffirmed at every stage of [sic] appeal process". However, the merits were indeed affirmed at trial – the jury took about 2 hours to decide it! – and reaffirmed in the appeal process.

      You're also misinformed about the testimony regarding Coles' alleged admission: it was indeed admitted and considered by Moore. I doubt you actually read what he wrote – interested readers should decide for themselves. Check out for links to the trial record and appellate decision. I doubt many will doubt Davis' guilt after learning about the case.

      Again, I oppose his execution, abhor the death penalty, and often support some of his supporters including Amnesty International. However, they've bet on the wrong horse – Davis is unfit to be an international symbol of false imprisonment. In 1989 he was a cruel, hateful psychopath with a gun and a big chip on his shoulder, and his actions tore apart the lives of many innocent people.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. sameeker

    1. When do we get to see the cops that beat the guy to death in Fullerton, California executed?

    2. When do we get to see rich people charged with their crimes, let alone executed?

    3. When do we get to see women pay the same price as men for their crimes?

    4. When do false accusers get executed?

    Don't tell me that the death penalty is fair until we get to see all of these things.

    September 21, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Mavent

      Right. Let's stop seeking Justice altogether until such a time as we have a perfect world.

      September 21, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Good points all.

      September 21, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • kermit12

      Exellent points. I personally don't think we have a justice system at all. I don't know what you would call it, but close to a police state.

      People in Europe look at the USA and laugh and are amazed at how stupied we are. And USA is a world power, only in military only, not in brains. And I exclude President Obama from this thought. He is an honorable man who does not belong being a politician. He could do much more out of office, such as President Jimmy Carter.

      May God hold Troy Davis and his family and friends close to His heart today. 4pm EST.

      Stand outside your front door and light a candle and hold it up for TROY. They are killing an innocent man.

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

      That is perfectly fine, after all it is only a fridenly gesture. I am a guy and think it is nice talking to an old crush.Actually, I have a similar story to this. I used to know a girl that I only saw only once or twice a day at school. We only had the same classes for a while and didn't talk in person much. However, she found me on facebook and we started a very lengthy conversation. After that we talked nearly non-stop. I found her very appealing to me and we started dating REALLY soon. Funny thing is, I would have never known her this well if she had not added me on facebook.Good Luck.

      December 31, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
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