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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Inman Park Boy

September 15th, 2011
9:26 am

It’s the same old song: I DIDN’T DO IT!!! That’s why we have juries and courts of appeal.


September 15th, 2011
9:24 am

Wow Earthquake, please check your racism at the door, if you have proof of innocence please share..


September 15th, 2011
9:22 am

During our deliberations for a murder trial, one of the first statements I heard was that the defendant should have been eligible for the DP. I certainly agreed.

Even though nobody actually witnessed the horrific murder there was No Reasonable Doubt that the defendant was guilty.

It’s easy to recant testimony when trying to lay blame on a dead guy. (Anyone who isn’t aware that is what has happened in this case hasn’t done their due diligence.)

I would sleep easy knowing I sent this man to meet his maker.

The Anti-Wooten

September 15th, 2011
9:00 am

Whether someone agrees with the use of capital punishment or not it seems to me that in a situation where there is substantial doubt about the guilt of a person that we should all question the possibility that an innocent person may be executed. If it is later shown that the state was wrong it undermines the use of that punishment and the judicial system.


September 15th, 2011
8:57 am

Absolutely,he was found guilty, his appeals were rejected,and he needs to receive his punishment and be held accountable for his actions. Witnesses recanting their testimonies is not a reasonable defense as they have tried to do.Uphold the statement ” I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, so help me GOD”. If taxpayers knew the cost of this entire case they would be very upset I may add.


September 15th, 2011
8:30 am

I used to support the death penalty, I no longer do. With recent advances in DNA identification countless individuals have been exonerated of the crimes for which they were convicted. Wasting away in jail for a crime you did not commit is a tragedy by itself. Executing an innocent person would be even worse.


September 15th, 2011
8:14 am

No way, they should give him a house he can’t afford, a no show job at the airport, and claim him impoverished so he can get food stamps, the perfect democrat voter for life..


September 15th, 2011
8:12 am

No, Mr. Davis has not be found guilty in a court of law that was legal. He have said he did not do the killing of that officer again and again; those who said he did, admitted they lied by police putting them under extreame preassure; and the real killer came forth. Killing him make no sense and both families should want to truth and not be sway by the death of this officer so that another man’s life can be taken. If anyone out there, even the investigating police officer(s) found any real truth about this case; they should step forth and say, we have not proven he did it; and there was not gun shot power found on his hands or any way possible he did the killing. Merely words and no facts. I tell everybody this, Savannah has a long history of injustice; even in this case; if they execute Mr. Davis, those responsible will not ever rest again because Mr. Davis death and spirits will forever linger upon their hearts. Proof is what everyone is looking for; and then, justice will be serve for the officer and for both families.


September 15th, 2011
7:59 am

Right on Laurie – well said!


September 15th, 2011
7:50 am

I think the question Georgia needs to ask itself is how can we streamline this process to make it faster and cheaper to put these criminals to death? If you are going to kill someoen, be prepared to face the same punishment. If the guy was found guilty, then let’s get on with the process so we can deal with the next case.