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Troy Davis & State Crime…

American Tribune dot org does not condemn the death penalty per se, at least not in this current world. We have spoken both for and against it in a variety of specific circumstances.

Troy Anthony Davis

Some crimes are obviously so vile, so predatory, that it seems only the catharsis of the perpetrator’s execution can cleanse our collective consciousness of the psychic stain and depravity.

While clearly the state sanction of death is disproportionately and often unjustly employed against black and Latino populations, that does not mean that we advocate ethnic parity. We tend to address the issues of criminal causation, the crime, and the specific criminal.

Of particular concern to this site is the public’s lack of consciousness as to the far greater role of state criminals over public criminals. In fact, the former are the source of far more crime…in all respects.

Witness Bush-the-Lesser speak at a Memorial of 9/11 victims. Given a remarkable strong case for his deliberately allowing that crime to occur, his subsequent crimes against humanityin their names–his murders of tens of thousands of other innocents purely for profit, privilege and power—the proper sanction should be public execution.

Mass murder for profit...

The enablers of state criminals often employ the fallacy of deterrence as an argument for the death penalty. As often as not, a social predator will kill his victim in an attempt to avoid that sanction. Also, most murders are not planned and thought-out events in the first place, thus deterrence was hardly a factor one way or the other.

To the extent that the argument may be appropriate, then it should be equally applicable to, say, the likes of Cheney, Netanyahu, the Kochs and Perry…assuming they’re reachable at all. (If you support their crimes, you’re reading the wrong site…)

Last year, American Tribune dot org published an article on the pending execution of Troy Anthony Davis (43). Davis had then been on death row for 19 years in the conviction of murdering Savannah police officer, Mark Allen MacPhail (27) in August of 1989.

The young officer, MacPhail, was coming to the aid of a homeless man being beaten outside of the Savannah Greyhound bus station. He was murdered by being shot twice with a .38 pistol. He never upholstered his own weapon.

Troy has the support of an extended family and many in the community as well as the NAACP, Amnesty International, and other notable organizations and individuals.

Seven of the 9 witnesses against him have since recanted their testimony.  Several members of the original jury have signed sworn statements indicating that their decision in the case was based on “incomplete and unreliable evidence.” There is no eye-witness to the crime.

Mark Allen MacPhail...

Former FBI director William Sessions and several Congressmen called for further examination of the evidence and testimony in the case. There is also a clear argument for the competency of the original attorneys.

For the first time in over 50 years in the state of Georgia, a death row inmate had been granted a re-hearing based on potential innocence by the US Supreme Court.

The assigned Georgia judge rejected the appeal and Troy’s execution is now re-scheduled for this Wednesday, September 21st, at 7pm.

Troy’s innocence was not “proven” to the court’s satisfaction. But certainly there is reasonable doubt.

Dr. Publico

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  1. The kid in the photo above is a dead ringer for Nicholas Cage as Nick must have looked 30 years ago. Maybe a good reason for our being glad he’s dead?

    More seriously, at least 50 years ago, Hugo Bedau put together an excellent selection of articles that proved the death penalty serves no purpose and is even counterproductive. Title of Hugh’s book: Death Penalty in America. There is no reason for more talk, talk, talk. In 2084, a call for abolition of the death penalty will be a capital offense. I’ll see you then at say, “See? I told you so.”

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