9/15: Should Troy Davis be executed?

Moderated by Rick Badie

Troy Davis, convicted of killing a Savannah cop, faces execution in six days. His death sentence has been halted three times. Prominent leaders — from Nobel Prize laureates Desmond Tutu and Jimmy Carter to Congressmen John Lewis and Hank Johnson — have rallied to his defense. Some say justice in this case has been denied; others say it’s being served. Today, we present two views.

William S. Sessions, former director of the FBI, a former federal judge and federal prosecutor, argues that he should not because questions about his guilt continue to plague his conviction.

But Spencer Lawton, former district attorney for Georgia’s Eastern Judicial Circuit, prosecuted the Davis case in 1991, has written that Davis advocates’ claims on evidence, recanted testimony are not true.

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GB

September 16th, 2011
12:55 pm

Iggy: I did report the comments. Both of them. And I know the moderator has been active, as one of the two, the vulgar one, was removed. The one with the ethnic slur is still there.

IggyDad

September 16th, 2011
12:30 pm

GB, they probably only exert their moderating control when someone reports the comment, so if you don’t, it will probably be left as is because they will never see it. A true test would be to evaluate the responses after submitting posts which are both then subsequently reported.

ha

September 16th, 2011
10:33 am

seabeau: “Typical Liberal mental disconnect.”Murder the Innocents(Abortion)and Pardon the Murderers” Anti-Capital Punishment.”

Typical Conservative mental disconnect. “All life is precious until we decide its not, and all freedom is good unless its for someone we don’t like.”

let's use some sense

September 16th, 2011
10:28 am

Anyone who has looked at this case and followed its development over the years realizes that there are still many unanswered questions, and no one but God knows what really happened in that Wendy’s parking lot in 1989.
While I am NOT against the death penalty, I believe we should be iron-clad certain about someone’s guilt when we use it. The “kill him now” crowd isn’t looking at the ramifications of executing a possibly innocent man – if we execute innocent people, the state (country, etc.) loses the trust we have in it to uphold one of the basic tenets of our Constitution: we are innocent until PROVEN guilty.
There is a lot of doubt in this case. Let’s be on the safe side and let him do life with no parole and don’t take the chance that we are engaging in a huge miscarriage of justice. In the long run, it’s the right thing to do.

GR

September 16th, 2011
9:51 am

The investigative officers at the time were determined to find someone to charge ASAP for the murder. They apparently coerced or intimidated any actual/potential witnesses to get them to tow the line or lie.
The first person to name Troy as the shooter was actually the person who committed the murder. The police officers who investigated the murder are guilty of gross misconduct. They couldn’t see the forest because the trees were in the way .

s

September 16th, 2011
9:24 am

YES – it should have happened LONG ago!

Wally

September 16th, 2011
9:10 am

Dang, that means Rednecks are powerful people I guess? I guess it is a good thing those Savannah police did not tell them to jump off the Savannah bridge. LMAO p.s try decaf coffee

IggyDad

September 16th, 2011
8:25 am

Two things diminish this “Pro” execution argument. Spencer Lawton, who takes that side, prosecuted the case against Troy Davis. It’s hard to imagine he is going to admit he was wrong, or that he could be responsible for having an innocent man murdered by the State. He then resorts to pure emotions, not reason, when he closes his argument with a statement about the murdered police officer having been unarmed. No one is saying this wasn’t a horrible crime, but this has zero do to with the question at hand. It shows Lawton’s motive to have people react to this emotionally, not rationally.

Wally

September 16th, 2011
8:25 am

Did a stray bullet come out of nowhere and kill this officer? Is anybody responsible for his death? I am not an expert on this case but I have followed all articles,some court transcripts,and many,many comments on this matter.Certainly more than most folks that are posting comments about Troys innocence. I can tell you that all the testimonies,reports,articles,trials,appeals I have read point to Troy Davis as the person responsible for the police officers death.You do not have to worry about putting the wrong man to death. HE is Guilty.He did in fact do it.I mean come on,Brian Nichols pleaded not guilty and he said he didn’t do it.What you think?