Troy Davis Executed

“The struggle for justice doesn’t end with me. This struggle is for all the Troy Davises who came before me and all the ones who will come after me. I’m in good spirits and I’m prayerful and at peace.” Troy Davis

I didn’t hear the news until mid-morning, and I was staggered to learn that this man had been executed, despite the doubts around his conviction.

Troy Davis’ last words were dignified and hopeful. That is more than can be said of the manner of his execution, or the authorities who sanctioned it.

24 thoughts on “Troy Davis Executed

  1. There has been much said about this, on the TV, radio, newspapers, and Internet websites across the globe, and whilst I don’t agree with capital punishment, overall, there are certain cases that make you think, an eye for eye, is deserved. For instance, if my child was brutally murdered by a paedophile, his life would have to taken by the authorities, before I got hold of him. Sure as hell, I would certainly kill him.
    We don’t truly know the circumstances of this case, and there are several theories as to his guilt and innocence, also many stories as to his final words. The press, and those who feed it, don’t always report the true facts. I may be wrong of course.

  2. I’m against capital punishment, in the UK at least, because I don’t trust our police. I could name at least 16 people who would have probably swung since 1964 (or ’69 or ’73) if it had still been in force, people who would have died for reasons ranging from plain police or ‘expert’ incompetence to plain police or ‘expert’ corruption.

    In the case of Troy Davies, like valzone, I’d need to know more. But if the weight of public protest lies simply on the fact that seven of the nine witnesses subsequently changed their minds, then I’m afraid that doesn’t wash with me. It’s what they testified to at the time of the trial that should count, not the fact that they might have been converted to abolition or simply didn’t want his death on their conscience, subsequent to the trial.

    Since State and Federal judges consistently found for the State, three times only yesterday, then I think justice was done.

  3. I have been following this through Amnesty International, a non-aligned, non-political organisation that works to protect human rights. I’ve been a member for decades. I have not followed the newspaper reports.

    I urge you to read the AI reports. You will see that it is not a simple case of jurors changing their minds.

    The conviction of this man was insecure, and I believe, as do thousands of others, that to execute him on the strength of this questionable verdict was a massive miscarriage of justice.

    AI also campaigns to abolish the death penalty.

    As you know, this is a very unusual post for me. But I feel passionately that a terrible wrong has been done that diminishes all of us, and in particular the credibility of the judiciary in Georgia.

  4. I’m afraid Amnesty International are being guided by what they they themselves are being fed by the media, as their own spokesman said earlier today Isobel. Human rights is a delicate subject, and not always conducted with fairness. Its sad, but that’s life, as we know it.

    • I don’t know the statement you are referring to Val, but in my experience AI is far from naive.
      Human Rights are human rights. If you or I are ever threatened with imprisonment or death because of something we believe, or for something that there is inadequate proof that we have done, I hope AI will be there fighting for us.

  5. I think you’ll find it was seven witnesses</em< that changed their minds, Isobel, not jurors. That’s significant.

    You say AI is ‘non-aligned and non-political’? I couldn’t disagree with you more. I believe their attitude to Israel is positively antisemitic.

    But, since I might have raised your hackles in your own home, I won’t press the point and I’ll shuffle off back to see if my current ID has survived the sustained attacks by Duckham, my deranged stalker, over on MyT.

    • Yes you are right. I rushed and typed the wrong word. However, some jurors have come forward to say that given what they have heard now, they would not have reached the same verdict.
      Have you ever been involved with AI, Badger?
      That non-alignment is central to what they do. If you read the pages of the magazine, which is probably available on line, you’ll see that any perceived deviation from this position is hotly argued.
      It’s why I joined. I do not always like the people who AI defends, but many are locked up for voicing opinions that the authorities in their various countries do not like. It’s sometimes a case of “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” (Evelyn Beatrice Hall)

  6. It was a spokesperson for AI on the news Isobel. We’ll have to agree to disagree on the subject, I don’t hold any affection for a group of do gooders that do nothing but take money from its members, so they can shout there heads off, but never actually do anything. Sorry, I won’t comment on the subject again. Friends? 🙂

    • “a group of do gooders that do nothing but take money from its members, so they can shout there heads off, but never actually do anything.”

      That is so far from the what AI do, I am wondering if we are talking about the same organisation!
      By chance, I met a man in Westminster Abbey once who had been imprisoned for criticising his government. AI heard of his case, launched a letter-writing campaign, and he was released.

      I can disagree with people and remain friends I hope.
      I may get to see the news later.

  7. How can a civilized country still have the death penalty? It really beggars belief.

    Incarceration for life is a terrible punishment and life should mean life with compulsory castration for convicted sex offenders.

    • Justice systems should be transparent and unbiased.
      When I was burgled, I’d have cheerfully condemned the burglars to having their hands chopped off. It made me realise why we have a judiciary to take a more dispassionate and balanced view, and why I dislike the emotive family statements that are becoming increasingly common.

  8. My parents were members of AI while I was growing up, (my Mom still is), and I remember reading the magazines as a child. I do not believe in capital punishment, even now that I have kids. I do not know the details of the case being discussed, but I believe AI gives a voice to people who have been silenced.

    I now live (and would not go back to living in the US where I grew up) in a country that had it’s human rights ignored and abused for many years, and as a country, Chile still feels that pain. I don’t know how much AI helped in Chile, but I am sure they made more people aware of what was happening here after 1973.

    Also, I know what you mean when you say that your post was a bit different than your norm…sometimes things happen and we have to talk about it.

    • I don’t AI’s role there either, Spidersworkshop. If I remember correctly, I joined AI after reading a book called Diary of a Chilean Concentration Camp, which made my blood run cold. I also read about Oscar Wilde’s imprisonment, and Jessica Mitford’s The American Prison Business. It seemed to me that an attitude of inhumanity prevailed in all three.

      • I thought I would come back to say the story about Troy Davies was on the news here last night. I didn’t realise it was such a big (and long) case. It is sad that it made the news here because he lost. The other comments they made last night was the quantity of executions in the US, (5th in the world?) and the states which have the most.

  9. Makes me think of the movie, the Green Mile… oh tears do stop… it doesn’t seem fair, does it. Backwards. Guilty until proven innocent is not what I understood the law to be. Doubts, doubts, doubts about everything and still… so sad.

    On a lighter note, I just nominated your blog for A Lovely Blog Award because I really enjoy what you have to say. Details are on my page and I hope you have some fun with it! 🙂

    • I suppose the one good thing is that it has opened up the debate again. Here in the UK, we do not have the death penalty, but one member of the current administration has suggested we should be reconsidering.

      I have no idea what A Lovely Blog award is, but it sounds very complimentary! Thank-you.

  10. For what it’s worth I don’t believe in capital punishment. I fail to see how any one can condemn an individual for killing another person and then condone, or even demand, that the State has the right to kill – in their name.

    In this particular case – it is 20 odd years since the crime was committed. Even if Davis had been culpable he had already been in prison longer than most murderers who do not receive the death penalty.

    It is my belief that he was executed because it was a copper that was shot.

    • I rather agree. And although I can see where Jan is coming from when she talks about castration for sex-offenders, I think that’s on a par with hand-chopping. Human Rights has to be about everyone, and I don’t think a society can choose to ignore those rights without severely damaging itself. That doesn’t mean you don’t take steps to punish offenders and to keep them away from society.

      I think that my next post will be on a frivolous subject!

  11. Isobel. I wish to apologise for making rude, and derogatory remarks on something you support, it was wrong of me to express my thoughts so vividly. Please accept my sincere apology.

  12. Being convinced of being right and powerful is so dangerous … ! And when this comes from a country that has a very relevant position in the world’s dynamics, then it’s lethal. And it has been once more.
    I admire Troy’s serenity and acceptance of this nonsense that has finally stolen his life.

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