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Another Victim Of Georgia’s Attorney General

Troy Anthony DavisTroy 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.”

A peek above our garters to JT8 of our local forums for pointing us to this little tidbit:

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

Filed under: Politics, Rants

8 Responses

  1. mollishka says:

    The scariest tidbit here is that someone else has confessed to the crime … and is getting off scot-free?! Just how does that work, again?

  2. Martyne says:

    Like you say, teenagers are teenagers, and they will have sex. Why are we wasting time legislating against something that is natural and biological fact? They are only “children” in the eyes of a blinkered legal system. Science knows better.

  3. JanieBelle says:

    Mollishka,

    I had read that somewhere along the way, but lost track of the statement and couldn’t verify that fact, so I didn’t include it.

    Do you happen to have the specific reference handy?

    Martyne,

    Indeed. These laws are usually leftovers from the past. Though I would argue that their basis in religion and religious “morals” precludes them from having ever been Constitutional in the first place, I am unfortunately not in charge.

    Kisses to you both.

  4. mollishka says:

    It’s in the second quoted text (emphasis mine):

    Since his conviction, six of the nine have recanted their testimony, and one of the nine has confessed to the crime.

  5. JanieBelle says:

    Thanks, Mollishka.

    I looked everywhere except that article. I was thinking it was either in the AJC articles or the Amnesty International article. (I must have read the Amnesty article ten times looking for that.)

    Kisses

  6. Martyne says:

    In Britain we are,virtually,the teenage mother capital of the world. But we don,t lock up boys for doing blow jobs. That seems incredibly draconian to us. I wish we could accept that young people have their natural exuberance without being so punitive.

  7. JanieBelle says:

    Well, it seems incredibly draconian to many of us as well. As a country we have left behind the idea that reasonable people who don’t make their decisions based on ancient superstitions can hold political power. Thus many of the laws here are rather insane.

  8. […] Anthony Davis (remember him?) was to be executed tomorrow. The problem is there is substantial evidence that not only is he […]

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