The Execution of Troy Davis

From the DemocracyNow!

Troy Anthony Davis was killed by lethal injection by the state of Georgia at 11:08 p.m. EDT last night, despite widespread doubts about his guilt. The execution occurred shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to stop the execution. Democracy Now! was the only news outlet to continuously broadcast live from the prison grounds last night, where hundreds of supporters Troy Davis held an all-day vigil in Jackson, Georgia. Today we hear the voices of Troy Davis’s sister Martina Correia, hip-hop artist Big Boi, NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, Ed DuBose of the Georgia chapter of the NAACP, two members of the Troy Davis legal team, and more. We also hear from journalist Jon Lewis, a witness to the execution: “[Davis] said to the family [of slain police officer Mark MacPhail] that he was sorry for their loss, but also said that he did not take their son, father, brother. He said to them to dig deeper into this case, to find out the truth… And then he said to the prison staff, the ones he said ‘who are going totake my life,’ he said to them, ‘May God have mercy on your souls.’ And his last words were to them: ‘May God bless your souls.'”

Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday.



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2 responses to “The Execution of Troy Davis

  1. Dead Man Walking, is a movie which tells an intense story of a man sentenced to death and the moral dilemma’s of nun who listened to her in his last days. The movie is based on the life and work of sister Helen Prejean. One of her quotes which kept me thinking for a while is, “The profound moral question is not, “Do they deserve to die?” but “Do we deserve to kill them?”

    • Vijay:

      Indeed, that is the profound moral question. It is sad to see that capital punishment still exists in several states here in the US, a country with highest prison population.

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