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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Logic 05

September 15th, 2011
12:29 pm

Did any of you stop to think about why these witnesses changed their story? Most of the witnesses are poor inter-city African-Americans. Did you ever stop to ask if these people were threaten in order to get each to change their story. Again, these witnesses are poor..they are not going to be moving…they had to change their story or else. Their families were also threaten in order to get these people to change their story.


September 15th, 2011
12:28 pm

@A Cops Son – Just because he is thought to have killed a cop does not mean that he should die. As I understand the case – the murder weapon has NEVER been found, there is NO physical evidence or DNA linking Davis and 78% (7 of 9) of the eye witnesses have recanted their story. Killing Davis is NOT going to bring back the dead cop and if the cops and the family REALLY cared, they would want the real person who killed their loved on and not just anyone. There have been so many times where someone has been freed after spending years in prison for a crime that they did not commit. If the state really cared, the state would look at the evidence and the lack of evidence linked to Mr. Davis and retry the case. What good does it do to kill Mr. Davis if the real killer is still walking around. Georgia needs to do the right thing and not the easy thing of killing Mr. Davis.


September 15th, 2011
12:26 pm

Eddie Q, all that hate WILL kill you, mellow out, take a chill pill, we are not all haters like you..


September 15th, 2011
12:20 pm

I think Davis case has too much information that is not noted in the case files. I listened to both sides and it seems as justice is right and this gentlemen is not guilt of the charges. I feel for the victim’s family but why put forth the death penalty if Troy is not guilty. It seems as if he has already been given the punishment, because he has been away for many years and it will be hard for him to adjust to society when he is released. This is all that he knows and many prisoners cannot function on the outside and find themselves back behind bars. I pray strength for both families.


September 15th, 2011
12:15 pm

No one in jail is guilty of anything. Everybody knows that.

Zap Rowsdower

September 15th, 2011
12:06 pm

Is OJ still innocent?

What's Important

September 15th, 2011
10:41 am

TO PEADOG, the test has never been “beyond a shadow of a doubt” it is “beyond a reasonable doubt”. If you are going to cite something, cite it correctly.


September 15th, 2011
9:57 am

B/c of all the witness coming forth and saying they lied and whatnot I don’t think he should be executed at all. The “beyond a shadow of a doubt” isn’t there anymore.

A Cops Son

September 15th, 2011
9:35 am

Mr. Davis was found guilty and should have been executed years ago. He has lived many more years than the person he murdered.. Mr. davis is alive and his victim is rotting in his grave. The officers family was devastated and mr. davis is still alive. His appeals have been denied and the worms have eaten his victims flesh. Soimething is very wrong.

John Q. Public

September 15th, 2011
9:28 am

Of course he should be executed, if for no other reason to add to the mounting pile of evidence to suggest that capital punishment is unconstitutional, unfairly administered, and perhaps the most flawed and pointless component in a profoundly flawed, corrupt, inhuman commercial enterpise we the people call jurisprudence. Maybe Davis did the crime and maybe he didn’t. Justice doesn’t sweat the little things (details). Perhaps the State needs to grant clemency to Davis, locate the many witnesses who now claim they perjured themselves and gave false testimony during the original trial, AND execute them. murder a capital crime? we kill each other all the time. we need to make perjury a capital crime.