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An Unjust Justice

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Fair justice matters for Troy Davis' supporters

Many people around the world die the death they don't deserve, just because of unfair justice.

Troy Davis (TD) was an Afro American, aged 42. He was executed in Georgia State the night of Wednesday-Thursday. He was accused of having killed MacPhail in 1989, who was an off-duty white police officer. He had always claimed he was innocent until he was conducted into the slaughtering room, but his claims always fell in deaf ears. As was laid to a gurney in the death chamber, TD repeated to MacPhail’s relatives that he never killed anybody, therefore not responsible for his 1989 slaying.

TD was declared dead at 11:08 p.m. The lethal injection began about 15 minutes earlier, after the Supreme Court rejected an 11th-hour request for a stay. "Justice has been served for Officer Mark MacPhail and his family," state Attorney General Sam Olens said in a statement. Truly speaking this is injustice, this is shame to the US, a nation that is believed to be civilised, but still slaughtering people as animals disregarding their innocence.

Hundreds of thousands of people signed petitions on Davis' behalf, and prominent supporters included an ex-president and an ex-FBI director, liberals and conservatives. His attorneys said seven of nine key witnesses against him disputed all or parts of their testimony, but state and federal judges repeatedly ruled against him. TD told his friends and family members who were there not to give up the fight. He also told gaol officials "May God have mercy on your souls. May God bless your souls." But the widow of MacPhail said on telephone that she will grieve for the TD family because now they're going to understand their pain and their hurt. TD had a lot of supporters all over the world though their voices were never heard. They never got discouraged that they staged vigils in the U.S. and Europe, declaring "I am Troy Davis" on signs, T-shirts and the Internet. As many as 700 demonstrators assembled outside the gaol. However, the scene turned eerily quiet as word of the high court's decision spread, with demonstrators hugging, crying, praying, holding candles and gathering around DT' family members around.

This execution was the outcome of a partial and discriminatory justice of human beings. Accordingly, Amnesty International said the execution was the best argument for abolishing the death penalty in the US and all over the world. TD's capital punishment had been stopped three times since 2007. This time, Wednesday he ran out of legal options. The pardons board rejected him, and Georgia's governor does not have the power to grant condemned inmates clemency. As his last hours ticked away, an upbeat and prayerful DT turned down an offer for a special last meal as he met with friends, family and supporters. His attorney Stephen Marsh said TD would have spent part of Wednesday taking a polygraph test if pardons officials had taken his offer seriously. Davis' supporters included former President Jimmy Carter, Pope Benedict XVI, a former FBI director, the NAACP, several conservative figures and many celebrities, including hip-hop star Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. What is true about TD’s case is that the U.S.

Supreme Court gave him an unusual opportunity to prove his innocence in a lower court last year, though the high court itself did not hear the merits of the case. He was convicted in 1991 of killing MacPhail, who was working as a security guard at the time. MacPhail rushed to the aid of a homeless man who prosecutors said Davis was bashing with a handgun after asking him for a beer. Prosecutors said TD had a smirk on his face as he shot the officer to death. But so far no gun had ever found although prosecutors say shell casings were linked to an earlier shooting for which TD was convicted.

Some witnesses placed TD at the crime scene and identified him as the shooter, but several of them have recanted their accounts and some jurors have said they've changed their minds about his guilt. Others have claimed a man who was with TD that night has told people he actually shot the officer. Just a lot of contradictory rumours to depict the incredibility of the case. Such unbelievable eye witnesses should never be the basis for an execution. In fact, to put someone to death based on these circumstances would be unconscionable and unfair.

TD has finally been put to death though his case remains unclear. He personally and several times avowed not to have shot MacPhail but he has never been listened to. For justice to be just, it must look into the originality of the facts, evidence and the reliability of witnesses. Many people all over the world have been killed for cases they have never been involved in or totally ignore but as justice has decided unjustly, they are rendered an unjust justice that lead them to death. May TD’s soul rest in peace.

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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on September 23, 2011 at 06:02 am

Garry, and many more innocent people will still die the same death due to injustice. I am personally not for death penalty and worse is that they showed the man on the way to death. The people who made such violent and impartial justice are also able to revise it. Innocent people did not only die in the past but they are still dying and they will be if the system does not change. As if the powerless were born to die the injustice of the 'just' people. It's a long story.

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By PATRICK PETION on September 28, 2011 at 02:34 pm

I which some people do their research, not just rely on what the media or some group with a agenda are reporting. I bet most of these people have no idea wow the justice system work and don't know nothing about the case. Sir just for your info Mr Davis was found guilty by 12 person whom represent society. 9 people decide to identify him as the shooter. it is illegal to lie under oath . if you lie under oath you are committing perjury. so these 7 people whom change their story should be in jail right now. but we know why they change their story: because they been bought by the anti death penalty group. but two people never change their word. one of them was attack by Mr Davis with a weapon so sir i wonder if you know all the facts. I bet you don't but you know they kill an innocent man. but in reality no one kill him but those 9 people whom witness shouting the off duty officer . so let stop with these non sense he was found guilty by the court and executed that all. if you don't agree with the system just don't get involve

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