Today, Wednesday September 21 the state of Georgia is going to execute Troy Davis who was convicted for killing an off duty policeman in 1989. So far, so good. Reading this headline one might think “Serves him right”. The family of the dead policeman certainly do. “Justice was finally served for my father,” said Mark MacPhail Jr, the victim’s son. “The truth was finally heard.”
However if you spend a little more time to read the background, you will understand why I have to write this post. Since the original conviction in 1991, seven of nine witnesses who helped convict him during the original trial have either changed their testimony or recanted. No murder weapon was ever found and no DNA evidence or fingerprints conclusively linked Davis to the shooting.
Even more astonishingly at a rare 2010 innocence hearing – ordered by the US Supreme Court – two witnesses said they falsely incriminated Davis, while two others told the court another had confessed to being the actual killer. US District Court Judge William T Moore Jr said there was not enough evidence to vindicate Davis or grant him a new trial.
Of course the fact that Troy is an African-American living in Georgia has absolutely nothing to do with this. What leaves me almost speechless is the utter fucking hypocrisy of so many Americans. I will bet $100 that every member of the parole review board and the judges like William T Moore Jnr all go to church every Sunday, pray to God to save themselves and yet somehow manage very successfully to ignore some of the central tenants of their faith. If Jesus appeared before them and held the mirror up to their faces to see what they have become they would probably execute him as well for being ‘un-American’.
One thing that I do know for sure, the term ‘Capital Punishment’ means that those with the capital don’t get the punishment. Talk to Dominic Strauss Khan.
God save America – (why the fuck would she)?