The execution of Troy Davis
What do you think?
Late last night, after an 11th-hour appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court failed, the state of Georgia executed Troy Davis, who was convicted of the 1989 murder of off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail, who was working as a security guard at the time.
A few days ago, I never heard of Troy Davis. But over the last few days, I had been following the case of Troy Davis with great interest. It was hard to avoid, as articles about his case were all over the Internet and television.
I wasn't there to witness the horrible tragedy that he was convicted of committing, and I'm certainly not God, so I can't know with 100% absolute certainty that Troy Davis is innocent. But I'd like to believe that a man who spends his final words and breath on this Earth still proclaiming his innocence is telling the truth.
But whatever your thoughts are about Davis's guilt or innocence, one thing is for certain: his case had more holes in it than Swiss cheese. To put a man to death after he insisted on taking a polygraph test (which he was denied) and after seven out of nine witnesses for the prosecution later recanted their testimonies is beyond unconscionable. Furthermore, the gun used in the crime was never found, and Davis succeeded in delaying his execution a number of times before because there were lingering doubts.
In my opinion, it truly is a sad day for America, and my stomach is turning a little today. My thoughts are with both the MacPhail and Davis families.
--Aaron Robertson, president, Intrepid Innovations Inc.
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