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## save troy davis's life

Here in Georgia we are awaiting action by authorities to execute a young black man, Troy Davis for murder to which he has never been linked by any hard evidence of any kind.
Although 9 eyewitnesses once implicated him, 7 of them now say otherwise, some say they were pressured by police to lie, and others say they heard or saw one of the last two holdout witnesses actually admit the murder.

Indeed the man who first implicated Mr Davis may well be the guilty party.

The US supreme court has just declined to even hear the case, without comment, but the execution could still be halted by the Georgia board of pardons.

Letters of petition are being solicited by Amnesty International on their website:

http://www.amnestyusa.org/death-pena....do?id=1011005

I have just sent this letter:

To whom it may concern,

I ask out of simple justice for either a permanent stay of the execution of Mr Troy Davis,

or a new trial. In light of what everyone in the world knows now about this case, it

is inconceivable to conclude that he has been convincingly proved to be guilty.

The best that can be said, given the witnesses' two versions of the event,

is that we are not sure who did it.

In this situation to actually execute someone is a particularly barbarous act,

recalling the old days of injustice toward all people of color in Georgia in the

1960's and before.

Please join me and many other people of conscience. It seems difficult, but we might save a man's life of whose guilt there is little or no evidence.
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## save troy davis's life

the math here is disturbing: 100 times as many people per day care about the economy as care about saving a man's life?

The same thing happened in the 60's: most people did not demonstrate or put anything on the line. And i was surprised then too.
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 Quote by mathwonk ladies and gentlemen, is it possible you have not heard about this case?
I hadn't. Now that I have and have read the GASC ruling denying the extrordinary motion for a new hearing, I don't see this to be a compelling case that calls for my action. I can't be certain that he's guilty, but the GASC's reasoning for not allowing a new trial at such a late hour sounds pretty reasonable. It's not the clear-cut case of an innocent man about to be executed that many are presenting it to be.

http://www.gasupreme.us/pdf/s07a1758.pdf
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What basis is there for your assertion that race is a factor here?

 Quote by russ_watters I can't be certain that he's guilty
Dear Russ,
if you think this country should execute those of whom we CAN'T be certain of their guilt, what if any would be a good reason for postponing an execution?

Remember that the request here is for postponement not necessarily releasing this man from prison.

You linked a 27 page report, could you specify what reason given by the GASC you specifically are in agreement with. It would also be refreshing sometimes if you would let you own conscience speak instead of robotically agreeing with the ruling of the Georgian supreme court.

I agree with you that I don't see a racially motivated ruling here.
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 Quote by jaap de vries Dear Russ, if you think this country should execute those of whom we CAN'T be certain of their guilt, what if any would be a good reason for postponing an execution?
I said I. I wasn't on the jury. I don't know everything they knew. Also, there is no "certain" in this anyway.
 Remember that the request here is for postponement not necessarily releasing this man from prison.
It isn't like this is his first appeal. How many postponements should he get?
 You linked a 27 page report, could you specify what reason given by the GASC you specifically are in agreement with.
It went through the evidence, witnesses, and recantings one by one. However, there are probably two main points:

-Recanting testimony does not automatically make the testimony invalid.
-The actual testimony was compelling, meaning that there were a lot of pieces to the puzzle that fit together into the bigger picture. The recantings were non-specific and unhelpful. They didn't offer new evidence, just took back what was said.
 It would also be refreshing sometimes if you would let you own conscience speak instead of robotically agreeing with the ruling of the Georgian supreme court.
I read the ruling and you didn't and you're saying I'm robotically agreeing with someone!?!? C'mon!

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 Quote by mathwonk do you see any racial motivation behind the fact that the emmett till case has never been successfully prosecuted in over 50 years in spite of the main suspects confessing to the crime?
Misleading the way you put that, since double-jepoardy applies, but perhaps there was. So what? What does that have to do with the topic at hand?
 do you think it is accidental that race is apparently still a good predictor of which defendants will receive death sentences in the south?
No. Again, what does that have to do with the case at hand?

 Quote by russ_watters I said I. -Recanting testimony does not automatically make the testimony invalid. -The actual testimony was compelling, meaning that there were a lot of pieces to the puzzle that fit together into the bigger picture. The recantings were non-specific and unhelpful. They didn't offer new evidence, just took back what was said.
OK, fair enough at least this makes it more clear.

 Quote by russ_watters I read the ruling and you didn't and you're saying I'm robotically agreeing with someone!?!? C'mon!
It just sounds strange that you are doubting the guilt of this man, but at the same time ( rather poorly supported) are convinced that the GASC ruling should be upheld. I for one would argue that those two statements do not seem in agreement.

 Quote by russ_watters I said I. I wasn't on the jury. I don't know everything they knew. Also, there is no "certain" in this anyway. It isn't like this is his first appeal. How many postponements should he get?
As many as necessary to prevent even the slightest change of executing an innocent man!

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 Quote by jaap de vries It just sounds strange that you are doubting the guilt of this man, but at the same time ( rather poorly supported) are convinced that the GASC ruling should be upheld. I for one would argue that those two statements do not seem in agreement.
You are misunderstanding the criteria by which those two statements are arrived. They are not at all incompatible.

I included that line because if I didn't, I knew I'd get a 'but how can you be completely sure...?' in response. Whether intentional or because of a misunderstanding of the issue, people play games with the standard of proof (see your next post!). Heck, even if I was on the jury, I wouldn't be allowed to use a standard of absolute certainty to convict.

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 Quote by jaap de vries As many as necessary to prevent even the slightest change of executing an innocent man!
Well, since that is clearly a physical impossibility, why don't you say what you really mean: that there should be no death penalty.
 Blog Entries: 2 Recognitions: Gold Member Just sent the e-mail too. The Netherlands does not have a death penalty which is very fortunate. In the last couple of years, two major errs of the state's justice system were reversed. It pertained a brutal rape and kill, of which two guys were convicted (Puttense moordzaak). However when the DNA method became common, the case was re-examined and the two proved to be innocent beyond any doubt. With the death penalty it would have been too late to right the wrong. in another case it pertained a nurse in a care taking centre. The unusual number of deaths of patients always happened whe she was on duty. That was just about all the evidence, which got her convicted. lateron it was proven that this was not statistically as unlikely as it has been assumed. So there was no case at all. Just coincidence.

 Quote by Andre Just sent the e-mail too.
Ditto

 Quote by russ_watters You are misunderstanding the criteria by which those two statements are arrived. They are not at all incompatible. I included that line because if I didn't, I knew I'd get a 'but how can you be completely sure...?' in response. Whether intentional or because of a misunderstanding of the issue, people play games with the standard of proof (see your next post!). Heck, even if I was on the jury, I wouldn't be allowed to use a standard of absolute certainty to convict.
Are you saying you support the death penalty even if it results from time to time in an innocent person being executed?

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