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Troy Davis Execution Delayed - Then Carried Out

The state of Georgia killed Troy Davis.

A preserved cell on death row
A preserved cell on death row

(ATLANTA) - The state of Georgia killed Troy Davis - we have a new story underway...

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Officials have delayed the execution of Troy Davis in Georgia after intense public pressure. He was within five minutes of losing his life. It is only a temporary reprieve, but that does not necessarily diminish the impact.

Davis, charged and convicted for the 1989 shooting death of a police officer, he has maintained his innocence for 21 years. Supporters of Davis are widespread and watching the developments closely. A long list of public officials have been contacted and yet nothing seemed to be working, and the news of even a temporary reprieve, is taken as good news.

Three independent United Nations human rights experts even called on the United States Government to stop the execution of Troy Davis, amid concerns that he did not receive a fair trial.

The experts said, “Not only do we urgently appeal to the Government of the United States and the state of Georgia to find a way to stop the scheduled execution, but we believe that serious consideration should be given to commuting the sentence.”

Yesterday the Board of Pardons and Paroles in the state of Georgia declined clemency to Mr. Davis, 42, who is reportedly set to be executed by lethal injection at 7:00 p.m. local time.

ABC News reports that Davis supporters erupted in cheers, hugs and tears outside the jail in Jackson, Georgia. Georgia has an execution warrant for Mr. Davis tht is valid until Sept. 28.

The Georgia Resource Center, part of Davis' legal defense team, said it was unsure how long the delay would last. ABC repoted.

Davis was convicted of the 1989 murder of Savannah, Ga., policeman Mark MacPhail, and had his execution stayed four times over the course of his 22 years on death row, but multiple legal appeals during that time failed to prove his innocence.

(From Wikipedia: The Jim Crow laws were state and local laws in the United States enacted between 1876 and 1965. They mandated de jure racial segregation in all public facilities, with a supposedly "separate but equal" status for black Americans. In reality, this led to treatment and accommodations that were usually inferior to those provided for white Americans, systematizing a number of economic, educational and social disadvantages. De jure mainly applied to the Southern United States. Northern segregation was generally de facto, from blacks predominately living in urban ghettos.

Some examples of Jim Crow laws are the segregation of public schools, public places and public transportation, and the segregation of restrooms, restaurants and drinking fountains for whites and blacks. The U.S. military was also segregated. These Jim Crow Laws were separate from the 1800–1866 Black Codes, which also restricted the civil rights and civil liberties of African Americans.)

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Jane September 22, 2011 8:03 am (Pacific time)

The inhumanity of man to man


Sad day for humanity September 21, 2011 8:38 pm (Pacific time)

The state of insanity is more like it. So Georgia aspires to be a killing zone like Texas it appears. Shameful. RIP Troy, the world with a conscience mourns the disgraceful way your life was stolen.


Power to the People! September 21, 2011 6:46 pm (Pacific time)

The white man of georgia is partly good, partly bad, but they have gone too far, there are dark days ahead and you can read into that any way you like to. Every time there is a chance for justice somebody f*cks it up and racism dominates in amerika and rules the day. So, when you feel that strong wing of change that is already blowing, you should look back to the time when you could have been fair, moral and just, and failed miserably. If you think the shoe can't be placed on the other foot, you are wrong. There is a war on the poor, a war on the peace-loving, and we are here to fight. Take no prisoners, they wouldn't.

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