Troy Davis Executed After U.S. Suprem...

Troy Davis Executed After U.S. Supreme Court Refuses Stay

There are 17 comments on the ABC News story from Sep 21, 2011, titled Troy Davis Executed After U.S. Supreme Court Refuses Stay. In it, ABC News reports that:

Michael Henry and other protesters for Troy Davis gather on the steps of the Georgia Capitol building, Sept.

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bill

Modesto, CA

#2 Sep 21, 2011
without justice being carried out, we have no justice

“Purple girl in a purple world”

Since: Apr 08

Plum, Purplonia

#3 Sep 21, 2011
But did he do it? Why did all the witnesses change their stories? Were they coerced?
Atheist Liberal

Albany, CA

#4 Sep 21, 2011
Purple Gurl wrote:
But did he do it? Why did all the witnesses change their stories? Were they coerced?
What are the odds that they were all coerced? This guy deserved a new trial.
No Justice In Georgia

Anonymous Proxy

#5 Sep 21, 2011
As though murdering another human is ever justice.

Since: Apr 11

Everyone knows me by this name

#6 Sep 21, 2011
So did the white guy who killed the black guy out in Texas, he was executed tonight also.
He said he was innocent also.
Atheist Liberal

Albany, CA

#7 Sep 21, 2011
BucksStudent wrote:
So did the white guy who killed the black guy out in Texas, he was executed tonight also.
He said he was innocent also.
So this makes Troy Davis guilty?

When most of the witnesses change their stories, it's time for a new trial. Davis offered to take a poloygraph too. Late? Sure, but it doesn't matter. They should have let him take the polygraph.
Bob Burns

Kunming, China

#8 Sep 21, 2011
Alright. Another one down
Atheist Liberal

Albany, CA

#9 Sep 21, 2011
A man died tonight. He may or may not have been guilty.

Nobody cares - that's liberalism.

What if he was innocent? He deserved a new trial.
eilackey

United States

#10 Sep 21, 2011
Luke 6:37

"Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back."

“Purple girl in a purple world”

Since: Apr 08

Plum, Purplonia

#11 Sep 21, 2011
eilackey wrote:
Luke 6:37
"Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back."
That has nothing to do with criminal justice. The state was not holding a grudge, but upholding the law. Nobody said this man was going to Hell when he died or couldn't get "saved" from his sins. That is the type of judging Jesus meant, and the Greek word used there means there is no evidence. In this case, I think the evidence was weak.

Forgiveness and punishment are not mutually exclusive. If you stole from me, I can forgive you, and still press charges and sue for repayment.
Getflushed

San Jose, CA

#12 Sep 22, 2011
34 witnesses to the slime-bag killing a Black man first, then turning and killing the police officer. Even his friends testified against him. Twenty years later, only two of the "recanting" seven witnesses changed their basic testimony. They were also his friends, who had testified to what they witnessed... his cold blooded murder of the officer. An unprecedented offer was made to him to prove his innocence and he declined to call the witnesses changing their testimony. Thus, all of it was smoke and mirrors perpetrated by the new Communists. Twenty two years of reviews and appeals, several before the Supreme Court and all of them knew it was smoke and mirrors.
Nick

San Antonio, TX

#14 Sep 22, 2011
eilackey wrote:
Luke 6:37
"Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back."
Render under to Ceasar what is Ceasar's and to God what is God's. Justice was done.
Ignorance Interrupted

Sykesville, MD

#15 Sep 22, 2011
Getflushed wrote:
34 witnesses to the slime-bag killing a Black man first, then turning and killing the police officer. Even his friends testified against him. Twenty years later, only two of the "recanting" seven witnesses changed their basic testimony. They were also his friends, who had testified to what they witnessed... his cold blooded murder of the officer. An unprecedented offer was made to him to prove his innocence and he declined to call the witnesses changing their testimony. Thus, all of it was smoke and mirrors perpetrated by the new Communists. Twenty two years of reviews and appeals, several before the Supreme Court and all of them knew it was smoke and mirrors.
Since trial in 1991, seven of the nine state trial witnesses have contradicted their testimony or admitted their testimony was false. Additionally, several informants who testified at trial also recanted. All of the state trial witnesses who recanted that are still alive have testified to the Board or the federal district court:

Kevin McQueen told the Board in 2007 that he was a jailhouse snitch and that his testimony that Troy Davis confessed to him was a complete fabrication.
Larry Young told the Board in 2007 that Coles, not Davis, most likely attacked and pistol-whipped him. The record shows that the shooter attacked Young before shooting MacPhail.
Antoine Williams told the Board in 2008 that he had serious doubts about his identification of Davis. Also, he told the board the shooter was the same man arguing with Young.
Darrell Collins recanted his police statement at trial and at the 2010 federal evidentiary hearing, testifying that the police had threatened him as an accessory if he did not implicate Troy Davis.
Jeffrey Sapp told the Board in 2007 that his trial testimony that Troy Davis confessed to him was a fabrication that was a result of police suggestion and intimidation.
Dorothy Ferrell told the Board in 2008 that she lied at trial when she confidently implicated Davis. The shooter’s light colored skin led her to conclude before trial that Coles was the likely shooter (Coles’ complexion is lighter than Davis’, hence the nick name “Redd”). Ferrell testified at trial that she could identify Davis, despite being positioned across a four-lane tree-lined boulevard with poor lighting conditions at 1:00am.
Harriet Murray (died in 2006) signed an affidavit in 2002 reaffirming her initial statements that the shooter was the same person who argued and followed Young. She could not initially “put a face” on anyone in the lot and identified Davis only after the problematic crime reenactment.

Of the two witnesses who have not contradicted their trial testimony, one (Steven Sanders) could only identify Troy Davis at trial, two years after he told police that he “wouldn’t know the shooter again if I saw him.” The other is Sylvester Coles, whose recantation would implicate himself.
Ignorance Interrupted

Sykesville, MD

#16 Sep 22, 2011
In the early morning hours of August 19, 1989, several people including Troy Davis and Sylvester “Redd” Coles were hanging out near a Burger King parking lot adjoined to a Greyhound bus station in Savannah, Georgia. Coles started arguing with a homeless man named Larry Young, demanding that Young give him a beer. As Young walked away, he was pistol-whipped in the head. Police officer Mark MacPhail, serving off-duty as a security guard at the bus station, responded to a call for help. As he came running to Young’s aid he was shot and killed by the same man who had attacked Young. The day after the shooting, Coles went to the police station with his lawyer and said that Troy Davis was the shooter.
Major Issues in the Case

1) Witnesses Implicate a Different Man as the Shooter

Since the Board last examined Davis’ case, two additional witnesses have implicated Sylvester Coles. First is Benjamin Gordon, who clearly testified at the 2010 federal evidentiary hearing that he saw Coles shoot Officer MacPhail. Gordon recounted specific details of the shooting that have not been publicized and police reports hours after the shooting put him across the street from the crime scene at the moment of the shooting. Gordon is related to Coles, has known him all his life, has been ostracized by his family for testifying and has said that he kept quiet all these years for fear of Coles retaliating against him.

Second is Quiana Glover, who, like Gordon, has no connection to Davis or his family and has known Coles most of her life. She has sworn that she heard a flustered Coles confess in 2009 to the MacPhail murder. Unfortunately, her testimony was excluded at the 2010 evidentiary hearing. Several witnesses have implicated Coles in sworn statements, including two others who stated he confessed to the murder.
Ignorance Interrupted

Sykesville, MD

#17 Sep 22, 2011
2) Investigation Excluded Important Figure as a Suspect

In the investigation, Coles was never treated as a suspect, despite the fact that he indisputably was the one who began the altercation with Young that led to the shooting of Officer MacPhail. Several witnesses indicated that only one person was arguing with Young and this person was also the shooter. Coles admitted at trial that he was arguing with Young. Further, Coles admitted to having had a .38 caliber revolver that night, the exact type of gun used to shoot MacPhail. There was never a search for his gun nor did he ever produce it, claiming it was lost; therefore, it could never be tested.

Of the eyewitnesses to the murder, only Coles and Darrell Collins (who tried to recant before and after trial) knew Davis. It is critical to note how most of the eyewitnesses first identified Davis as the shooter. Within a week of the murder, they were gathered together by the police for a reenactment of the crime at the crime scene. By then, witnesses would have likely been exposed to Davis’ image, which was all over the local news and he was in jail as the prime suspect. In a photographic spread of five men, Davis was the only one pictured who had been at the crime scene close to the time of the shooting. Not only was Coles not pictured, but he was treated as the principle witness, invited to the reenactment, and treated as an innocent bystander standing alongside the other witnesses.
Ignorance Interrupted

Sykesville, MD

#18 Sep 22, 2011
4) New Analysis of Physical Evidence Contradicts the State’s Case

In 2008, the State submitted to the Board a report by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) that purportedly showed the presence of blood on a pair of shorts recovered from Davis’ home in the days after the murder. Davis’ attorneys were unaware of the existence of this report. Following the Board’s denial of clemency in 2008, a DNA and serology expert reviewed the full GBI report. The federal court in 2010, after reviewing the new expert analysis, concluded that “the shorts in no way linked Mr. Davis to the murder of Officer MacPhail,” and found that “it is not even clear that the substance was blood.” The court concluded that even if the substance was blood, it “could have belonged to Mr. Davis, Mr. Larry Young, Officer MacPhail, or even [could] have gotten onto the shorts entirely apart from the events of that night.” Therefore, the value of this item as evidence has been thoroughly challenged.
Justifications for Clemency
Kevin

Virginia Beach, VA

#19 Sep 22, 2011
Anyone know where this bum is going to buried so I can go urinate on his grave.

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