Thursday, September 22, 2011

Was the execution of Troy Davis Cruel and Unusual?

Was the execution of Troy Davis Cruel and Unusual?

Yes but not in this barbarous, bloodthirsty, callous, godforsaken country. People DO NOT matter, one less non-voter DOES NOT matter. It's all a game to those who hold power (Mostly Republicans but not all). Troy Davis was executed last night and I'll bet those who believe they'll benefit by the decision to execute (i.e. SCOTUS, Rick Perry, Nathan Deal and the rest of the cutthroats who support the DEATH PENALTY) are dancing in the streets... I hope there will be justice for Troy Davis and that he did not die in vain. Perhaps, this will be the beginning of the end for this savage law.

According to Amnesty International, 137 countries have abolished the death penalty. Argentina, Chile, and Uzbekistan outlawed the death penalty in 2008. During 2007, 24 countries, 88% in China, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States alone, executed 1,252 people compared to 1,591 in 2006. Nearly 3,350 people were sentenced to death in 51 countries. More than 20,000 prisoners are on death row across the world.

Read more: The Death Penalty Worldwide

Troy Davis has now joined the ranks of: Executed But Possibly Innocent.

Doesn't this life hold enough sadness without STATE SANCTIONED MURDER? :-( thinkingblue


Troy Davis Executed in Georgia

—By Tim Murphy

World Coalition Against the Death Penalty/Wikimedia Commons

Despite evidence that threw into question the veracity of his conviction, pleas from a former president and the Pope, and even a last-minute review of the case by the US Supreme Court on Wednesday night, Troy Davis was executed by lethal ejection shortly after 11 p.m. on Wednesday evening in Georgia.

Davis, whose case we wrote about in full detail here, was convicted on 1991 on charges that he murdered a Savannah police officer. Davis had put off eating his final meal in the expectation that he would be granted a stay of execution—as he had three times before in the past—but by Wednesday morning, he had exhausted all of his options, and a standing offer to submit to a polygraph test was rebuffed by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles. The final lethal injection was delayed for more than three hours as the state waited to hear from the United States Supreme Court (which dismissed the appeal without dissent). MORE HERE



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