Posted by: maboulette | September 22, 2011

CARTER: REJECT THE DEATH PENALTY

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By David Jackson, USA TODAY

One of the interesting things about the Troy Davis capital punishment case is the involvement of former president Jimmy Carter — who says he will continue to campaign against the death penalty in the wake of Davis’ execution.

“Rosalynn and I are deeply saddened by the execution of Troy Anthony Davis by the state of Georgia,” Carter said in a statement today.

“If one of our fellow citizens can be executed with so much doubt surrounding his guilt, then the death penalty system in our country is unjust and outdated,” Carter said. “We hope this tragedy will spur us as a nation toward the total rejection of capital punishment.”

The Davis case, based in Carter’s home state of Georgia, inspired anti-death penalty protests across the world, including calls for intervention from the current White House occupant, President Obama.

But there was basically nothing Obama could do.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said in an e-mail, “dating back to his time in the Illinois State Senate, President Obama has worked to ensure accuracy and fairness in the criminal justice system — especially in capital punishment cases. However, it is not appropriate for the president of the United States to weigh in on specific cases like this one, which is a state prosecution.”

Over the years, courts rejected numerous appeals by Davis over his conviction for the 1989 murder of an off-duty Savannah police officer, Mark MacPhail.

Members of MacPhail’s family are confident of Davis’ guilt, reports CBS News.

“I’m kind of numb. I can’t believe that it’s really happened,” MacPhail’s mother, Anneliese MacPhail, said in a telephone interview from her home in Columbus, Ga. “All the feelings of relief and peace I’ve been waiting for all these years, they will come later. I certainly do want some peace.”

She dismissed Davis’ claims of innocence.

“He’s been telling himself that for 22 years. You know how it is, he can talk himself into anything.”

 


Responses

  1. A barbaric practice, and we are a civilized country?!

  2. I totally agree. The death penalty should be abolished…on BOTH sides of the womb…!

  3. I am pro-choice. Will remain so until the end of my days.

  4. i wonder how much concern you have for the victim and his family that have had to put up with this piece of garbage being allowed to live for 20 years after he killed their husband, father and brother?

    • Hello..I do not know that man was a piece of garbage. Unless you have something beyond what hundreds of thousands of concerned Americans..the ACLU..had giving legitimate concerns about his guilt or being not guilty. All fed courts heard his appeals..the Supreme Court considered. He was a black guy accused of killing a white cop. In the deep South testimony may not be correct. In point of fact this may be true at any juncture. In many states 1st degree murder cannot be charged without an eye witness. Personally I am glad of polygraaphs and that they can determine the truth. A specific question with a specific answer can tell one believes what they are saying. I do not believe in the death penalty. There are a lot of exploitive people who use strangers, indeed whole towns or countries for their own benefit and little else. They have no concerne beyond lip service, it would seem, for those that die in the service of..I on the other hand do and care for all victims, of all tragedies..Peace Tony


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