So, I don’t feel like writing right now. I have a lot going on; & I will write about it to the internet world at some point, but just not now.
In the meantime, I know it’s summer, & everyone’s looking for something to do to avoid doing actual work. So, may I suggest that you read about Troy Davis? He is set to be executioned by poison in the peachy state of Georgia. Gotta love the Southern Hospitality*.
*disclaimer: I’m sorry I’m so bitter today. Yes, I know it’s not very becoming, & I know a lot of Southerners who are very hospitable.
Anyway, I’m just going to copy/paste some of the key reasons he should NOT be executed, & uh, maybe have a fair trial. You can either click on the pic to go to Amnesty International’s website to find info on him, or click here.
- There was no physical evidence against Troy Davis.
- The weapon used was never found.
- The case against him consisted entirely of witness testimony.
- All but two of the state’s non-police witnesses have recanted or contradicted their testimony.
- Many of these witnesses have stated that they were pressured or coerced by the police.
- One of the witnesses who has not recanted is Sylvester Coles, the principle alternative suspect.
- Nine individuals have signed affadavits implicating Sylvester Coles.
- Troy Davis has never had a hearing in federal court on the reliability of the witness testimony used against him.
Ok, so remember the ppl who recanted their stories? Well, Abolish the Death Penalty has what they specifically said about it:
Darrell Collins: “[The police] were telling me that I was an accessory to murder and that I would … go to jail for a long time and I would be lucky if I ever got out, especially because a police officer got killed…I was only sixteen and was so scared of going to jail.”
Antoine Williams: “After the officers talked to me, they gave me a statement and told me to sign it. I signed it. I did not read it because I cannot read … I was totally unsure whether he was the person who shot the officer. I felt pressured to point at him … I have no idea what the person who shot the officer looks like.”
Jeffrey Sapp: “The police came and talked to me and put a lot of pressure on me…. They wanted me to tell them that Troy confessed to me about killing that officer. The thing is, Troy never told me anything about it. I got tired of them harassing me …. I told them that Troy did it, but it wasn’t true.”
Daniel Kinsman: “[T]here was and is no doubt in my mind that the person who shot the officer had the gun in and was shooting with his left hand.” Davis is right-handed.
Shirley Riley: “People on the streets were talking about Sylvester Coles being involved with killing the police officer, so one day I asked him if he was involved …. Sylvester told me he did shoot the officer.”
Joseph Washington: “I am positive that it was Red [Coles] who shot the police officer… [He] was wearing a white shirt…I had no idea that the shirt…was important because no one ever asked me…I would have testified to this but I was not asked by the state or by Troy’s lawyers.“