Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Global Day Of Blogging For Troy Davis...

Ever since I was old enough to vote I have avoided one major issue and that is being on a jury. I was called only 3 times in my life (42 years) and I never had to serve on a jury. Some people may feel there is nothing wrong with sitting in a jury with your peers, hearing the evidence, and then passing judgment by rendering a verdict. Me on the other hand I have MAJOR issues with that.
Issue # 1 - I truly believe that only GOD should be someones judge.
Issue # 2 - What if you are WRONG?

We have seen it happen before, too many times for my liking. After hearing the evidence, there is a conviction and years later we find out that there was a mistake, or jury tampering, or new evidence and someone was wrongly imprisoned or worse wrongly EXECUTED. Well, I NEVER want to have that on my conscious. It is not my job to say who should and should not die. I CAN NOT and WILL NOT do it!

Now, I explained all of that as a prelude to Troy Anthony Davis.
Troy Davis is a black man sitting on death row in a prison in Georgia. He has been on death row since he was 19 years old. He was convicted of killing a Georgia police officer in 1991. Seven out of nine witnesses recanted their testimony. Amnesty International has taken up Troy Davis' fight but is that enough? The case background according to Amnesty International is as follows,


Restrictions on Federal appeals have prevented Troy Anthony Davis from having a hearing in federal court on the reliability of the witness testimony used against him, despite the fact that most of the witnesses have since recanted, many alleging they were pressured or coerced by police. Troy Davis remains on Georgia death row, and may be scheduled for execution in the near future.

Troy Davis was sentenced to death for the murder of Police Officer Mark Allen MacPhail at a Burger King in Savannah, Georgia; a murder he maintains he did not commit. There was no physical evidence against him and

the weapon used in the crime was never found. The case against him consisted entirely of witness testimony which contained inconsistencies even at the time of the trial. Since then, all but two of the state's non-police witnesses from the trial have recanted or contradicted their testimony. Many of these witnesses have stated in sworn affidavits that they were pressured or coerced by police into testifying or signing statements against Troy Davis.

One of the two witnesses who has not recanted his testimony is Sylvester "Red" Coles – the principle alternative suspect, according to the defense, against whom there is new evidence implicating him as the gunman. Nine individuals have signed affidavits implicating Sylvester Coles."

I don't know about you BUT I sure do not want to send a man to his DEATH based on a MAYBE!
Mr. Davis has had 3 different scheduled execution dates. But now his last stay of execution is about to run out. Mr. Davis is almost out of time. Even though I live in Texas I am not in favor of or a supporter of the death penalty.

Troy Anthony Davis speaks from death row...

I don't know if Mr. Davis is guilty or innocent of the crime he was convicted of committing, but WHAT IF.....

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Tom Usher 19 May, 2009 19:02

Powerful post, Regina

This is clearly racism at work in high (low in my Book) places. The man is clearly innocent. Regardless, the standard is supposed to be "a shadow of a doubt." If there is even any doubt whatsoever concerning his guilt, he must not be punished. That's the mundane law. Certainly, that standard has not been met. If they murder him (and it will be murder if they take his flesh life), then the state is a murderer and will deserve a murderer's end.

I'm with you though that we are not to be the punishers. That's the divine law. Therefore, we speak the truth and let it do its work on consciences. If they murder Troy Davis, they will not have killed his soul provided he goes out as Christ went out – without bitterness but with forgiveness for their utter stupidity and willful ignorance.

Peace to you, Sister, and peace to Troy Davis.

Tom Usher
Real Liberal Christian Church


I also have reservations concerning trail by jury. As you mentioned there have been too many wrong verdicts. The other factor is the emotional one. As I once explained on the stand for jury duty if a man rolls in here in a wheel chair I will feel sympathetic. Another issue I have is that evidence is purposely withheld.

Robyn 21 May, 2009 04:02

wat if you are wrong
The word clearly states Judgement is the Lord's

Villager 22 May, 2009 19:31

I truly enjoy being one of your AfroSpear kinfolk. You epitomize all that is good, powerful and positive in Black bloggers.

Let's keep praying for Gov. Perdue to do the right thing.

peace, Villager

Mr. Cautious

Well, once again a young brother, wrongly convicted, has been placed on death row. This story hits me in my heart, because a few years ago I too had a love one sitting on death row for a murder that was later proven, he didn't commit. My cousin sat minutes away from execution when someone discovered evidence that proved he didn't do it. The discovery was several witness who previously said that it was he who murdered, recanted their story and some even said that they were paid to lie.
The incident made me change my mind about the death penalty. If one person, regardless of their color, wrongly convicted is put to death, then the death penalty should be abolished.
It seems to me that the south is a place where race will always be a factor in deciding the guilt or innocent of a man. Yea, I know that there are jury members who are black, but as long as they have white members present they would rather conform to the interest of the majority if it satisfies their own self interest, besides, those down south blacks who are not guided by their own self interest are afraid that if they make to much of a fuss, they may be ostracized by those "good white folk."

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