US State of Georgia Executes an Innocent Man
Thursday, 22 September 2011
Despite an absence of any evidence against him and admissions from 7 out of 9 witnesses that they lied in their testimony, and that he was not guilty, the state of Georgia carried out the execution of Troy Davis.
One of the remaining witnesses whose testimony sent him to his death is Sylvester "Red" Coles, the principal suspect in the case. Sylvester Coles has been identified by 9 witnesses, who have sworn affidavits that he is the real killer. It is claimed that Sylvester Coles has also confessed to the crime.
Many of the original witnesses said that they have been forced to give force testimony by the investigating police officers. The original eyewitnesses also included a man who initially said he could not recognize the shooter except for the clothes he was wearing, a woman who initially said she could not put a face with the shooter, a woman who said she recognized Davis in the dark from more than 120 feet away, and a man who was looking through his car's tinted windows and said he was only 60 percent sure he could identify Davis.
Troy Davis has maintained his innocence throughout, and made a death bed statement to his executioners and the the family of the dead man, an off-duty police officer: "For those about to take my life, may God have mercy on your souls. May God bless your souls.
"All I can ask... is that you look deeper into this case so that you really can finally see the truth. I ask my family and friends to continue to fight this fight."
Despite the overwhelming witness testimony and discrediting of all the witnesses in the original trial, under US law, an unsafe conviction can only be set aside if the defendant can prove absolutely that they are innocent. So on a mere technicality the Supreme Court, made up of Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, John G. Roberts, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan, decided that he should be executed anyway.
The killing has shocked the world, and called into question whether any state should ever have the right to take a life where there is uncertainty whether the victim is guilty of the crime they have been accused of.
Former US President Jimmy Carter, Al Sharpton, Pope Benedict XVI, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former U.S. Congressman and one-time presidential candidate Bob Barr, the former FBI Director and judge William S. Sessions, many of the correctional officers who dealt with him during him incarceration, The Council of Europe, and a million other people called upon the courts to grant Davis a new trial, given the discrediting of the original trial.
President Obama, refused to intervene to give him the opportunity of a fair trial.
The southern states of America have a long history of civil rights abuses and this execution of an apparently innocent man, would seem to show that it is still not safe to be a black man in the South of America.