Troy Davis Clemency Denied

The one thing nearly everyone agrees on is that Troy Davis didn’t kill Savannah Police Officer Mark MacPhail.

On Sept 23, ten days from now, Troy Davis will die by lethal injection for the murder of Mark MacPhail.

If that doesn’t make any sense to you, consider it Georgia Justice.

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles on Friday rejected a clemency request by Troy Anthony Davis in what likely was the Savannah murder convict’s last shot at avoiding execution.

Davis, 38, is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison near Jackson. He was convicted in the 1989 slaying of off-duty Savannah police Officer Mark Allen MacPhail.

The board gave no reason for its decision, which was announced Friday afternoon.

The board is the only noncourt body in Georgia that can grant clemency in a death case.

“Absent something extraordinary, he’s out of appeals,” Chief Assistant District Attorney David Lock said Friday afternoon while returning from Atlanta.

His lawyers have filed an emergency petition with the Supreme Court but what that bunch will do is questionable. They may very well let Davis die even though witnesses have recanted and there’s more than enough evidence to suggest that he was railroaded by police eager for an arrest and who were conned by the man who most likely actually pulled the trigger, Sylvester “Red” Coles.

Then there’s the prosecutor, who demanded the death penalty on circumstantial evidence primarily because it would be good for his political career.

It’s the prosecutor’s job to examine the evidence and its probable worth before trial. He clearly didn’t do that. He took the “evidence” at face value and may even have helped further intimidate the witnesses in order to get a quick verdict. That’s what created the travesty of justice that is the Troy Davis case, and at the very least he should be reprimanded.

Somehow I doubt he will be. Not in conservative Georgia. Not with a black defendant in a state whose legal motto seems to be “guilty until proven innocent”.

And so he wasn’t. The police chief, now retired, insists that Davis is guilty despite the facts that the witnesses (all but Coles) have recanted their testimony, and most of the jury wants their verdict set aside because they’re sure now that they made a mistake, swayed by a case where the evidence was a lot weaker than it looked because the witnesses were heavily pressured and, in at least one case, lied under oath, goaded by police.

This whole case stinks, and Savannah has nothing to be proud of here. It’s been a travesty from the git-go, a throwback to the Wild West days of Southern hang-em-first-and-ask-questions-later justice.

Anyplace else (except Texas), we could assume a new trial and the PB’s extension, but this is Georgia, the home of conservative justice where everybody is guilty until and maybe even after he’s proved innocent, and we can’t assume they’ll be rational. Most of them haven’t been so far.

This is conservatism all over: they believe things that aren’t true, and when you prove they aren’t true, they just shut their eyes and yell louder, “I’m right! I’m right! I’m RIGHT!” like a little kid caught in a lie.

That’s bad enough. What’s worse is they’re perfectly willing to let other people die to protect them from having to admit a mistake.

I wrote that a year ago. Georgia has given me no reason to change a word of it. They’re going to kill Troy Davis for something he didn’t do just so they won’t have to admit they got the wrong guy.

Pathetic. Despicable. Unforgiveable. But I’ve been here long enough to know these people have no shame, just bruised egos and snarling inferiority complexes that won’t let them budge. Like conservatives everywhere, evidence be damned. They believe what they want to believe.

And Troy Davis is going to die for it.

6 responses to “Troy Davis Clemency Denied

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  3. Thomas is on this story too. It’s a tragedy in slow motion.

  4. ALfred Hussein Neuman

    You sure do draw a lot of conclusions about other people and their motives, including the people who have “recanted” but most of whom have declined to testify under oath.

    • They haven’t “declined”, Alf. They haven’t beern allowed to testify again because the state of Georgia refuses to grant any motion for re-trial. Those “conclusions” you claim I jumped to came from the mouths of the witnesses who’ve been demanding to be allowed to testify again. And you can take the quotation marks off “recanted”. That was snarky of you and disrespectful to them.

      • Alfred Hussein Neuman

        Dateline 8/28/2010 “Judge Moore’s concern about the Ferrell/Young affidavits was pricked because Davis’ attorneys refused to let either witness testify about their affidavits at the “actual innocence” hearing. Judge Moore noted that while the affidavits of both these witnesses offered clear recantation testimony, their value had been destroyed by Davis’ intentional decision not to let them testify at the actual innocence hearing.”

        Davis’ supporters cannot now look the American and international public in the eye and claim that he is innocent of the murder of Officer McPhail when the inmate himself through his attorneys refused to let two important recantation witnesses testify in support of that claim.

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