Oct 20, 2008
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to take up the death penalty appeal of Troy Davis. The State of Georgia rushed to quickly set a new execution date for the week of October 27.
Davis, a black man with no previous criminal record, was convicted in 1991 in Georgia of killing a white off-duty cop working as a security guard. The evidence was flimsy. Prosecutors presented no physical evidence linking Davis to the crime and no murder weapon.
Instead, he was convicted based solely on eyewitness testimony. Yet, seven witnesses who testified against Davis later recanted their testimony. Two of them say the cops forced them to lie in court. Three witnesses say another man admitted shooting the cop. That man, Sylvester Coles, is the person who first went to the cops with his lawyer and fingered Davis as the shooter.
Even former president Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, and Pope Benedict XVI have publicly challenged the conviction.
If the state of Georgia and the U.S. Supreme Court go through with this, they are the worst murderers of all!