Thursday, September 22, 2011

Justice Served?

I really hoped I wouldn't have to write this post.

It's amazing how American can uplift one day and completely destroy the next. Wednesday night, at 11:08 p.m., Roy Davis was executed via lethal injection for a crime he may not have committed.

There are several inconsistencies in the case which led to Davis' conviction. According to his attorneys, seven of the nine witnesses who testified against Troy later recanted parts of their stories in regards to the 1989 slaying of an off-duty police officer. Officials repeatedly denied Davis' appeal for a polygraph test, and the case made it's way all the way to the Supreme Court, while supporters considered going so far as to ask President Obama to intervene. The case has drawn attention in Europe as well, where human rights groups called the death sentence a tragedy and an injustice. Despite a last minute four hour delay while the Supreme Court reviewed a stay request and support from three House Democrats, attorneys and activists were unable to stop the killing.

While the specifics of the case are unnerving, I'm just as concerned with the fact that the United States still uses capital punishment as a viable means of justice. There is no justice in pretending to be God, there is only arrogance and error. Whether guilty or not, no person deserves to be deliberately murdered at the hands of the government. No one on earth should have the power to determine whether someone lives or dies. At this point, sadly, it doesn't matter whether Troy Davis was guilty or innocent. What matters is that he was a human being, and because our country still utilizes a barbaric and outdated form of punishment, I now have to write about him in the past tense.

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