Troy Anthony Davis is to be executed next week for a crime he may very well have not committed. There was never any physical evidence that he committed the crime, no murder weapon, and eyewitness accounts against him have been recanted, were inconsistent in the first place, and may have been coerced. There is substantial evidence that he is innocent, including evidence implicating one of those eyewitnesses to the crime.
Yet the office of Georgia’s Attorney General Thurbert Baker, tells the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Russ Willard, a spokesman from the Georgia Attorney General’s Office, said the federal courts have considered “all of these alleged inconsistent statements” and rejected them.
“The state has no problem carrying out the lawful sentence against Troy Davis,” Willard said.
Only problem is, that’s not true. None of the new exculpatory evidence has ever seen the inside of a courtroom, because of new appeals rules set up to limit appeals in death penalty cases.
“This is a travesty,” Jason Ewart, one of Davis’ lawyers, said. “We have the vast majority of witnesses at trial who recanted. We have other new evidence that shows Troy is innocent. No judge has ever looked at it.”
Georgia is moving forward on July 17 with the execution of a man convicted of killing a police officer on the basis on nine eye-witness statements. Since his conviction, six of the nine have recanted their testimony, and one of the nine has confessed to the crime. Problem is, the 1996 law passed to prevent Timothy McVeigh from dragging out his appeals is preventing the introduction of this evidence to prevent the execution. Scary statement of the week: the state Attorney General is “comfortable” with moving forward with the execution.
Amnesty International USA has a rather thorough article on the specifics of this case, including an in depth look at the witness’ statements and subsequent recantations. There is also a brief supporting summary here.
This is just further evidence of the blood lust of Georgia’s Attorney General. He seems to have no rationality whatever, no discretionary sense, no ability to reason. His continuing fight to keep Genarlow Wilson in jail despite all common sense is now seen in the light of an emerging pattern of prosecution at all costs, evidence and morality be damned.
Genarlow Wilson’s release is being fought by Attorney General Thurbert Baker, despite the reality of the situation.
I’ve previously summarized Genarlow Wilson’s situation this way:
Genarlow Wilson was 17 and got a blow job from a 15 year old girl. He was arrested, convicted, and sentenced to 10 years in prison under Georgia law for sex crimes, and required to register as a sex offender. He has so far spent 27 months in jail for being a teenager having consensual oral sex with another teenager.
After a public outcry over the insanity of such laws, the Georgia legislature changed the law but failed to make the new law retroactive, so it does not cover Genarlow.
A further attempt to make the law retroactive was rebuffed by the Georgia legislature.
Yesterday, a judge with a bit of sanity threw out the conviction and reduced his sentence such that he would only be guilty of a misdemeanor, would not have to register as a sex offender, and would be released with time served.
The prosecutor quickly appealed the decision to ensure that Genarlow would remain incarcerated.
Though now only a misdemeanor offense, it is still illegal for a 17 year old boy to get a blow job from a 15 year old girl in Georgia.
At what point will unconstitutional Christian Shariah be recognized as the illegal, immoral leftovers from the pre-enlightenment Dark Ages? Reality check – teenagers have sex. Get over it. This country needs to spend its time on education, not enforcement of vestigial superstitions.
Troy Davis’ site can be found here.
For further information on Genarlow Wilson’s case, check out other posts about it here on UDoJ, Elizabeth’s posts at Sex In The Public Square on WordPress or at our new home (I’m an occasional contributor there, did you know?) at Sex in the Public Square.org