No murder weapon, no physical evidence, 7 out of 9 witnesses recant their testimony and these witnesses know of another suspect who is possibly responsible for the death of police officer Mark McPhail. Reasonable doubt? Sounds like it to me, and every other reasonably prudent person on this earth, I’m sure. Apparently, the State of Georgia Paroles Board does not agree. Troy Davis, a man who has been in jail for 20 years is possibly innocent, was executed today.
This saddens me. This is another example of our flawed criminal justice system. I am going to come right out and say it: I am against the death penalty. AND, I am especially against the death penalty when there is a slight inch of doubt. Why have we as a nation been so progressive on many issues but still remain the only western nation that has not abandoned the death penalty. This frontier mentality of justice is not working for us, it’s working against us.
How can this not take you back to the dark days when African Americans were lynched, mutilated and murdered often times for crimes they did not commit because of the color of their skin? This is nothing new. Emmit Till, the Scottsboro Boys…. I’m sure there are many more.
What is it going to take to reform a racist criminal system? Thoughts?
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." - Martin Luther King, Jr.