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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sirwinston1941

September 16th, 2011
7:58 am

The comments made in reference Mr. Davis’s case is one of the serious one I have seen. The weapon is nowhere to be found or do anyone knows where it is. It is just like no body, no crime. Have we all torn this whole thing apart and looked at the real sources. 1. Because an officer lost his life trying to help someone and Mr. Davis was in the area; 2) did anyone actually see Mr. Davis pull the trigger and discard the weapon, was Mr. Davis hands tested to see if there were any gun-powder recharge on his hands and skin; and 3) this look like something from TV that anyone or somebody has to be charged with the murder. When you deal with an investigtion of people who have records and have been in trouble; they will say anything to get out of the police investigation or do anything to keep from going back to jail. What about the man who actually admitted to doing the murder and did he have that weapon or destroyed it. The bottom line is, families in the case on both sides needs to see justice served according to our justice-system and the federal laws that govern it; not because a state prosecutor son or friend want accuse and try someone for the death of this officer! There is somthing not surfacing here and if you kill this man for feelings or for the officer family sake…..his blood and memories will linger on all those responsible for years to come; and each of you will see his face for the rest of your lives. Let’s bring the real truth out; that is, those who are hiding it!

GB

September 16th, 2011
7:53 am

Yes, and it is not even a close call. The headline “Witnesses Recant” is very misleading. The alleged recantations are bogus for reasons clearly spelled out in the various appellate decisions that are readily available. He did it.

seabeau

September 16th, 2011
7:13 am

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

dirtyblues

September 16th, 2011
6:15 am

since 1973…

the criminal predator terrorist class of the usa…

has executed without-due-process-of-law “aka murdered” more than 800,000 usa citizens…

over the same timeframe…

less than 800 convicted criminal predator terrorists have been executed “with due process of law” by the legally elected judical system of the usa…

this usa cultural critic wonders when will the…

lovers & defenders of the “vile, degenerate, deranged & diseeased’ criminal predator class…

demand of it…

that thugs give their intended victims 10/20/30 years of appeals before taking their lives

…priceless!!!

Beretverde

September 16th, 2011
5:19 am

Justice Delayed is Justice Denied!

Wally

September 15th, 2011
10:27 pm

Let me get this right,,the Police and Detectives were lazy, the witnesses were lazy. Well I guess the Judge and Jury were lazy as well along with the appeals courts, and the Supreme Court? It reminds me of the OJ trial and I asked some black co-workers what would it take to convince you OJ did commit the murders? Their answer..”For him to say he did it” OMG,give me a break!I will not lose one second of sleep after Troy”COPKILLER” is executed. Good riddance.

Beverly

September 15th, 2011
10:24 pm

Oh Yeah, for all you HICKS who are still harping on the OJ trial STOP BEING STUPID! If any of you folks would have stopped a person of color on the street or in the elevator or in the workstation next to yours at work you would know that 90% or more blacks BELIEVE that OJ did it. The cheers were for the fact that, for once, the so called majorities saw injustice and felt what we’ve always felt when a white person got away with bombings, hangings, shootings, rapes, mass murders, etc. I always knew OJ would give himself away……….and he did. OJ is an arrogant dummy that deserves exactly what he got. Ask anybody! You people are such whiners and cry babies.

Beverly

September 15th, 2011
10:01 pm

It has always been known that if folks can find a scapegoat they’ll use them. The lazy police and detectives in Savannah are too pitiful to do their jobs and blamed the first person they saw fit to punish. The lazy, hateful witnesses did the same thing (at first), but some found a conscience and recanted. Did the lazy Bozo’s listen? NO! Did the fathead republican Governor’s listen? NO! Some folks don’t care about having an innocent person’s blood on their hands. It’s a shame before God and they will pay one in one way or another. It’s just too bad this guy may lose his life over laziness and the murdered policeman’s (REAL) killer is still out there. We have a messed up, hateful society!

Charles Felton

September 15th, 2011
9:34 pm

The dealth penalty is a farce. We have a death sentence not a death penalty. I retired from running jails and prisons with over 40 years experience and imprisonment is much harder on a person then execution. The thing that gets me about this case is people saying he did not do it and should not be executed but get life in prison. If he did not do it he should be released and sent home. Most people sentenced to death die in prison and are never executed. We have this ‘mean spirit’ that says we should kill them but we really do not want to do it. Davis should sentenced to life in prison and spend the rest of his life in a 65 square foot cell and think about the crime he has committed.

born again Atheist

September 15th, 2011
6:42 pm

Steve-O, You might want to go easy on the God stuff; since it doesn’t matter when he meets “his God” because if you believe in God, his God and your God are one in the same, and only God knows who killed that police office, and God forgives all who ask forgiveness.