Kind of Ironic

Brittany - posted on 09/21/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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This evening at 11:08 p.m. Troy Davis was executed in Georgia after years of being on death row. Recently 9 of the witnesses recanted their statements and there was never any "hard" evidence to prove he was the one who killed the officer.

I am all for justice and I do support the death penalty. I support these when they work right. Here, recently, they have not been working right. Mr. Davis's case should have been reevaluated seeing as how well over half of the witnesses recanted their statements. Yet, child abusers and rapists are set free, when there is more than enough evidence to put a needle in their arm.

I know I am not the only one who sees this.

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Brittany - posted on 09/22/2011

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Dyan,

I believe you are correct on this issue. Sadly, today in a time of wide spread free education, we still live in a racist society. Anyone who says racism does not exist in the United States should visit MIssissippi and South Alabama. I have lived in both places in the last five years. I know what I am talking about.

Another point is racism is not just a "white on black" crime anymore. I got called all kinds of inappropriate names, in front of my child, because my child had something another child wanted.

The fact remains that because, of negligence two mothers lost their sons, two son lost their fathers and two wives lost their husbands and the killer is still out there. I do believe he is innocent.

Rosie - posted on 09/22/2011

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i support the death penalty as well-but for cases that the defendant is CLEARLY guilty. i have a hard time understanding how there is no shred of physical evidence, and how this man gets convicted anyway. and then on top of that, 7 of the 9 recant and say they were forced? the only logical conclusion that i can come up with is that he is black, and that irritates the hell out of me because i'm probably right.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/22/2011

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These people are going to have to live with possibly having killed an innocent man.

JuLeah - posted on 09/22/2011

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This is not a recent thing. It happens when the person accused is poor.

Money talks in our court system - if you have it that usually means you didn't do whatever they say you did.

This is why there are such expressions as, "I hope you can afford a laywer who can make that go away"

Sarah - posted on 09/22/2011

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I am 100% against the death penalty.
An innocent person getting murdered for a crime they didn't commit is just sickening.

Jodi - posted on 09/21/2011

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This is one of the very reasons I am against death penalty. I can see the sense in it IF the evidence is 100% foolproof, but that is rarely the case. I am sure that if I went through the records of every person executed, there will be reasonable doubt amongst the absolute majority. All too often, I fear, and innocent person is executed, or a guilty person set free. The legal system is far from perfect, and IMO far too flawed to be playing God like that. It is not up to us to decide who lives or dies.

Lady Heather - posted on 09/21/2011

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This is why I'm anti-death penalty. If even one innocent person has died in the name of "justice", it's not worth it to me. And I know it's been a lot more than that.

Can you imagine that feeling - being the person who is getting killed and you know you didn't do it and no one believes you? Fuck.

Jaime - posted on 09/21/2011

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Not ironic at all. It's incredibly sad and an enormous fail on the part of the justice sytem, but not ironic. It would be an ironic situation if there had been a stay of execution and in the meantime Davis had died naturally. I think what is ironic in this situation is the fact that the death penalty is used as a punishment for severe crimes (most of which involve murder) and the method of punishment is murder. Legal murder hmm......

Kate CP - posted on 09/21/2011

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Texas puts innocent people to death all the time. I used to be pro-death penalty...but there is really no reason for it. It doesn't deter criminals, it doesn't save money, and it doesn't make victims or survivors feel any more closure than if the offender were locked away forever.

A better punishment for heinous crimes? Solitary confinement. It's torture. It's perfect for the lowest of the low.

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