September 21, 2011, 11:08 PM ET: Troy Anthony Davis is dead
“Today, we are all Troy Anthony Davis. Tonight, a little piece of all of us will die…What kind of message are we sending when the government participates in the taking of a life? Do not weep for Troy Anthony Davis, he will be with God; weep for Georgia and for our Nation. Capital punishment is barbaric…My heart is heavy. It is so painful to watch a man be put to death by an arm of our own government.
— @RepJohnLewis, Congressman, Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District, Tweeting this evening
This isn’t even a matter of Davis’s guilt or innocence — what was the hurry to execute a man, when, Terry Moran of Nightline noted:
Another man confessed. Seven eyewitnesses recanted. Police accused of coercing witnesses. No DNA. No murder weapon.
Is this “American Justice”? Sadly, yes. I can’t even imagine how many innocent people have been put to death in our more bloodthirsty-for-revenge states.
What can you say? What can you do? Well, one thing everyone can do, as CNN’s Roland Martin said a few minutes ago, is stop trying to get out of jury duty. You may be the one vote that keeps a travesty like this from happening.
Troy Davis last words: “May God bless your souls.”
The denial of stay from SCOTUS:
(ORDER LIST: 564 U.S.)
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
ORDER IN PENDING CASE
11A317 DAVIS, ANTHONY TROY V. HUMPHREY, WARDEN
The application for stay of execution of sentence of death presented to Justice Thomas and by him referred to the Court is denied.
Barista Scott Wooledge summed it up: