…is it truly justice?

September 22, 2011 at 7:02 PM (curious research, current news, historic review, political atmosphere, social opinion, web gossip)

Troy Anthony Davis was executed by The State of Georgia, less than a month before his forty-third birthday.  He had been incarcerated for being found guilty of a murder during 1989.  Davis was accused of being the murderer of Officer Mark Mac Phail of Savannah, Georgia.  He was supposedly seen shooting Officer Mac Phail outside of a Burger King, with witnesses confessing and testifying that they had observed Davis committing the murder. 

No weapon was ever found to be used as evidence.  Yet, prosecuters had evidence to show that bullets were found at the restaurant which supposedly came from the weapon that Davis allegedly used.  His trial occurred during 1991, with a jury consisting of five Whites and seven Blacks.  There were thirty-four supposed witnesses whom testified for the prosecution, and six witnesses whom testified for the defense.  Despite Davis’ continued and adamant pleas to his innocence, his defense failed to clear him of the murder charges.  The trial ended with Davis being sentenced to death.

From 1991, until yesterday, Troy Davis insisted that he was innocent of the murder of Officer MacPhail.  He gained support from his family, along with people that included former President Jimmy Carter, Pope Benedict XVI, Reverend Al Sharpton, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  Celebrity endorsements in Davis’ favor included statements from Sean “Puffy” Combs, Kim Kardashian, Kimora Lee Simmons, and Gabrielle Union.  Yet, despite these public outcries for further review of Davis’ case before his execution, and despite his on insistence of his innocence, Davis was unable to escape the final decision of jurors for the case of his supposed 1989 murder.

It was 11:08 p.m. EST when Troy Davis was put to death.  His case was not able to get past a 2011 U.S. Supreme Court decision, which did order a Georgia – U.S. District Court to reexamine the evidence, verifying whether or not Davis actually was the murdering assailant during the 1989 killing of the Savannah, Georgia policeman.  He was not able to get past a 2010 case, which upheld his guilt in the 1989 killing.  He was not able to receive the assistance of almost one million people, all of whom signed a petition to have The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles show leniency, having his case reopened, then retried.  He was not able to receive assistance from the requests for clemency from individuals whom included several public figures from around the world.

Last night was the fourth and final effort to have Troy Davis executed.  After having several pleas to have his case reopened, and obtaining several requests to have his death delayed, Georgia opted to continue with Davis’ set date for execution.  The Butts County, Georgia Superior Court ultimately denied all requests to have Davis’ case examined again, which coincided with denials from The U.S. Supreme Court, and The Supreme Court of The State of Georgia

Even in the 21st century, it does seem difficult to overlook the possibilty of underlying racism that exists at a basic, and somewhat subdued level within the southern United States.  Few people are ready to stand up, identifying issues for what they truly are, yet they continue to prevail at steady rates because of the lack of public exposure and elimination.  Until greater levels of observation and  public outrcries to stop these types of actions are made, Troy Davis will not be the only one to be found guilty of crimes, and to die for crimes that he did not commit.

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