According to Nazi Supreme Court Injustice Scalia it isn’t unconstitutional for the state to murder innocent people who were in all likelihood wrongly convicted.
If one is going to have capital punishment then one should limit it to cases where the alleged murderer is caught in the act or found disposing of the body.
It should never be used in cases where there is extremely high levels of doubt as there is in the case of Troy Davis.
It goes without saying that racism and classism often play a major role in who receives the death penalty for murder and who does not. When was the last time a rich white man was executed even when he obviously had committed the murder?
We do execute poor white people but not at the rater we execute poor people of color. I actually I shouldn’t really use “people” in that sentence as most of those who are executed are men, although when women are executed the same generalities regarding race and class apply.
From The Guardian UK: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/sep/20/troy-davis-execution-pardon-denied
Troy Davis execution: Georgia pardons board denies plea for clemency
Georgia man who insists he was wrongly convicted of killing a police officer in 1989 set to be executed on Wednesday
One of the most hotly contested death row cases in recent years looks set to go ahead with the execution of Troy Davis in Georgia on Wednesday.
Davis lost his final bid for clemency despite overwhelming evidence indicating that his conviction for murder is unreliable.
He will be put on a gurney at the state prison in Jackson and administered a cocktail of lethal drugs at 7pm local time on Wednesday, barring a last-minute intervention by the US supreme court which few observers expect to take place.
The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, which alone has power within the state to commute Davis’s death sentence, denied to grant him clemency having heard three hours of testimony on Monday casting deep doubts on his conviction.
Davis, 42, was put on death row 20 years ago for the 1989 murder of a police officer, Mark MacPhail, in Savannah following a fight with a homeless man over a bottle of beer. Since then seven out of the nine key witnesses who implicated him have recanted their evidence, several saying they were cajoled by police into giving false eye-witness statements.
Another 10 have come forward to point the finger at a separate man present at the scene of the murder, Sylvester Coles.
Meanwhile, no forensic or DNA evidence linking Davis to the shooting has ever been found, and nor has the murder weapon.
The denial of clemency by the parole board prompted an outpouring of anger and despair from hundreds of Twitter users and several celebrity supporters of Davis’s campaign. The prisoner’s lawyer, Brian Kammer, said he was “shocked and disappointed at the failure of our justice system at all levels to correct a miscarriage of justice”.
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