Monday, 26 September 2011

Innocent Mistake?

Troy Davis was executed by lethal injection this past Wednesday. Davis was enduring trial in 1991, the year of my birth, so it should be no shock to you that this outburst came out of nowhere for me. My astonishment towards the Georgian Supreme Court and anti-Davis supporters consistently grew with every article I red. It is said that "you are innocent until proven guilty" I feel, however, that Davis was seen guilty and trying to prove his innocence.

  • Police confiscated a pair of Davis' shorts from the dryer of his home, which was searched without any type of warrant.

  • Not one piece of physical evidence, including DNA or murder weapon was found.

  • Seven out of 9 witnesses had changed their testimonies years later and stated they were in fear of police.

  • Some witnesses should not have been credible because they were suspects at one point in the investigation.

  • Multiple appeals were glanced at and thrown away.

  • Millions of protestors and activists petitioned to lighten Davis' sentence. Many were people of power and good judgment. This document was denied.

  • Redd Coles, who initiated the fight, had later confessed that he was the murderer years later. This was seen as hearsay evidence and was discarded.

But wait. If a confession is considered hearsay evidence, and therefore cannot be submitted into the court, how did Davis' trial continue if all evidence in this case is hearsay? Yet people such as Casey Anthony, whose trial included numerous pieces of strong evidence which prove her guilt, is judged as not guilty. Which brings up the next question: Is this really a result of prejudice against blacks in the 1980s? Were Georgian officials desperate to find the man or a man who killed the white off-duty officer?

A former prosecuter on this case, Spencer Lawton, suggested that millions of activists were a "public relations campaign." Millions of strong believers worldwide got together for one man in Georgia for a public relations campaign? I don't know about that one.

One of the most popular trends on Twitter currently is #RIPTROYDAVIS. Tweet this blog link and let's hear what people have to say.

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Nellie McKay


  1. Interesting topic, but this is poorly written.

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  3. Thank you for the constructive criticism.