Troy Davis - an innocent man about to be executed.

United States
September 19, 2011 10:25pm CST
There was one other thread on mylot about three years ago, where Troy Davis managed to get a stay of execution. His death warrant has now been signed, and he is due to be executed on Wednesday, the 21st. http://www.change.org/petitions/chatham-county-district-attorney-request-that-troy-davis-death-warrant-be-withdrawn This is some information about the fight for his life so far. He has served time in jail since 1989, the first two years just waiting for his arraignment. He has been sentenced to death for the murder of a police officer. No physical evidence has linked him to the murder scene. Only eye witness testimony is what landed him a death sentence. 7 out of 9 of the witnesses have recanted their testimony, and admitted to police coercion, the eye witness accounts were not even possible from the vantage point, the jurors are coming forth and saying they would never have found him guilty if they had known then what they know now. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/martina-daviscorreia/troy-davis_b_966944.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DGqRFM443Y If he is executed, it will be murder. Tell the DA and Georgia not to kill an innocent man.
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@andy77e (5170)
• United States
20 Sep 11
It does appear from a one sided account that he is innocent. I am curious what the other evidence against him is. I'm also curious why he was quoted as asking for a second chance, if he did nothing wrong. I wonder if the truth will ever come out about this.
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• United States
20 Sep 11
There was no physical evidence linking him to the crime. There was manufactured eye witness testimony (the other side) and that is all that landed him the conviction. 7 out of 9 witnesses have publicly stated that they lied, and agreed with whatever the police told them to, because the police had threatened to file against them as accessory to murder. That is the other side. Jurors are coming saying that if they knew then what they know now, he would have been a free man. If you watch the youtube video, it has excerpts of what the eye witnesses said when recanting their testimony. Imagine that, someone on mylot making a snap judgment without first reviewing all the information.
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@andy77e (5170)
• United States
20 Sep 11
Exactly. I think people fail to account for the fact that witnesses are just as much pressured the other way. See, as soon as a witness says "I lied" then what they say either way, is irrelevant. You can't trust a witness who said they lied, with what they are saying currently. It's like saying "That last post was all a lie. I just made all that up. But this post, well it's all true. You can trust me now". That leaves two people who say he did it, and were witness to it, and do not claim to have ever lied. That's still compelling evidence, even if I still admit I don't know either way. But I could see why a judge and jury might not accept his appeal that he's innocent under those circumstances. The point is, we don't have all the information, as much as a few here would claim they do. So bold proclamations that Troy is innocent, are pretty much a joke by ignorant leftists who just can't stand justice being done.
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@Taskr36 (13928)
• United States
20 Sep 11
We have a justice system here when you are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. You weren't in the courtroom. Your sources are left wing blogs known for dishonesty. He was proven guilty. Despite multiple appeals that ruling has been upheld. On a side note you yourself supported murder by the terrorist organization Weather Underground. They murdered innocents. They killed police. You said it was ok and they were justified in their actions. Is that the case with this man? Are you trying to get him freed because you feel he was justified in murdering a police officer?
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• United States
20 Sep 11
He was proven guilty on the word of 9 eye witnesses, 7 of whom now say they said what the people told them to say because police threatened to prosecute them as accessories to murder if they didn't go along. The trial is a matter of public record: If you are aware of any other evidence whatsoever now would be a real good time to bring it up.
@Taskr36 (13928)
• United States
20 Sep 11
"He was told by one appeals judge that he had to prove himself innocent" That's because he was already PROVEN GUILTY beyond a reasonable doubt. To win an appeal you must have proof of innocence. "I forgot I had to link only to wnd." Why would that help? Do you think I would value one dishonest biased blog over another? "You are a true republican" No, I'm a libertarian. You're desire to label me with the letter R just shows a pathetic attachment to the 2 party system, or as I call it, politics for dummies. Metallion, first off, 2 witnesses is still enough to convict. People recanting their testimony doesn't change what they said at trial. How do you know they weren't coerced to change their story after the fact? I'm sure you're aware that at trial they are given full opportunity to tell the judge if their testimony was coerced in any way. I'm sure the defense attorney spoke with them and he could have easily gotten a mistrial if they'd been coerced. I just think they're going along with public pressure. Unless he has something concrete showing that he couldn't have committed the crime, I see no reason to grant an appeal.
@irishidid (8115)
• United States
20 Sep 11
Just remember-At one time he was a mere fetus who violated his host with all sorts of inconvenience things like not being able to tie her shoes and having to actually give birth. Say to yourself it's a late late late abortion and pretty soon you'll feel all special he won't be a burden on his poor mama.
@andy77e (5170)
• United States
20 Sep 11
ouch. Blunt.... but true. I like it.
• United States
20 Sep 11
Irish - one of the most foul comments from you.
@Taskr36 (13928)
• United States
20 Sep 11
I think Irish makes a valid point. Of course the unborn don't get the benefit of a trial because we already know that they're innocent.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
21 Sep 11
I would go along with a Stay of Execution if the 7 witness were all charged with perjury and given prison time. If he is executed then they will have to live with the fact that they did it to him.
@Taskr36 (13928)
• United States
21 Sep 11
And that's why perjury is a felony with a penalty of up to 20 years in prison. If these people lied to convict an innocent man of murder, leading to an execution, they deserve the maximum sentence. That said, I just don't believe that all 7 of them lied during the trial and under cross examination. That's just way too many witnesses in my book and still doesn't negate the 2 who stand by their story.
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
21 Sep 11
You still have to wonder why 7 would come forth and risk going to prison themselves. Could it be that over time they have had time to think and feel bad about it and don't care want to come clean regardless of what happens to them? They are older now and in a different place in life.
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
21 Sep 11
I agree that they should be charged for lying on the stand even if it were under pressure. If they are lying NOW then they should be charged. Either way, they lied at some point and a man's life is on the line.
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
21 Sep 11
Such a sad story. I hope that with the public outcry, they review the case and maybe even set him free. Poor man has already spent so much time in prison and from what I hear, for a crime that he probably didn't commit.
@Taskr36 (13928)
• United States
21 Sep 11
The case has been reviewed many MANY times. He's had every opportunity to prove his innocence since his conviction in 1991.
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
23 Sep 11
That's too bad. I hope that he was in fact guilty.
@skysuccess (8882)
• Singapore
20 Sep 11
ladybugmagic, First of all, I am a firm believer of your country's justice system which is a person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Now, you may want to take the news article and Youtube video feed into account on the recant account of the witnesses but let's not forget that other than witnesses' accounts there is the criminal forensics to support the prosecution and convince the jury with the facts that Troy Davis is indeed the killer. I hope that you do not overlook this fact in your post here. I do not think your country would want to jeopardize an established justice system with some frivolous miscarriage of injustice because the consequences will be considerably unthinkable. I cannot imagine Americans going about doubting the law enforcements and laws to protect them. IMHO, America is an advanced and civil country and could not be compared to some corrupted or ill established third world country - as far as law enforcement is concern. I don't believe that the witnesses are being coerced when your country has every mechanism available to protect its own citizens from being abused by the system itself. Also, this case has been thoroughly deliberated considering the time spent before sentencing and appeals. I do not see where and how Troy could be wrongly accused or wrongly found guilty. It is just really far fetched here.
• United States
20 Sep 11
I think it was on an episode of "Law and Order" where they discovered they'd prosecuted and convicted an innocent man and were trying to get him released, but there had been no (I probably have the wrong term) prosecutional error so the court wouldn't consider the case. I have no idea whether or not this man is guilty or innocent, but at least two witnesses have not recanted. If these witnesses are still alive and if they testified falsely, I pray they come forward quickly.