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ANTI-JUSTICE IN AMERICA

23 Sep

By Terry Loving

“The system is not working….Innocent people are being sentenced to death.”
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Moses Harrison II

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Dead is dead – Troy Davis is dead – and nothing, not even the real truth is going to change that fact. There will be no “closure” for the family of the slain officer, Mark MacPhail – and certainly none for the Davis family. When you lose a loved one, especially tragically, you never get over it. There will always be one less plate to set at the table; someone missing at family gatherings; special moments you wish you could share with the deceased, and memories that will either provoke laughter or sorrow. “Closure” is a myth – the pain will lessen for some people – but for others, life without their loved one may become unbearable.

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I have never attended an execution, so my memory of sorrowful inmates facing death comes from movies. I often wonder though, in real life – while strapped to a gurney, electric chair, or other means of execution – do the accused express any remorse? Do they ask God to forgive them? Do they ask the families of the victims to forgive them? Do they show fear of dying? Do they cry bitter tears of remorse for their actions? Do they unsuccessfully beg one more time for mercy? In the case of Troy Davis – to the bitter end – he proclaimed, “I am innocent.”

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“Media witnesses said that on his death bed, Davis told the family of the slain officer, Mark MacPhail, that he was very sorry for their loss but that he wasn’t responsible for his death.”

“It’s not my fault; I did not have a gun,” he said while strapped to a gurney, according to witness Rhonda Cook of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I did not personally kill your son, father, brother,” he said, Cook reported.” 1

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Because of the many discrepancies, the doubt factor, unreliable witnesses, lack of physical evidence, and the judicial systems‘ refusal to make sure, absolutely sure they were doing the right thing – this case bothers me. I read a lot about it – watched the news – but, I did not see where the homeless man picked Troy Davis out of a lineup and said he is the one who shot Officer Mark MacPhail. If I missed this, please enlighten me.

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I keep thinking about what he said last. Here is a man about to meet His Maker – shouldn’t his last words have included asking the MacPhail family to forgive him? Asking God to forgive him? Asking his family to forgive him? Obviously he believed in God. Instead:

“He asked his family and supporters to “dig deeper” into the case after his death “so you can find the real truth.”

“For those about to take my life,” he told prison officials, “may God have mercy on your souls. May God bless your souls.”

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That doesn’t sound like a guilty man to me. He sounded more like a man that made peace with God, and wasn’t afraid to meet Him, for he was truly “innocent.” This post isn’t about making a case for his innocence – that verdict is in God’s hands now. Since there is nothing more on this side of life that can be done for Troy Davis, I am casting my vote against America’s flawed, biased, and corrupt judicial system.  Until we as a people – the citizens of the greatest country on earth – stand up to our evil system – nothing will change.

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I had only thought about the death penalty in passing – until now. I’ve always known that the majority of people on death row are minorities – and many of them are truly innocent of the crimes for which they have been condemned. Since justice is unequal in terms of race and gender, the death penalty should be abolished – especially if a person is condemned based on witness accounts, with no undisputed physical evidence such as DNA.

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 Let’s be real – police officers are susceptible to wrong doing just like anyone else. It is no secret that evidence has been planted, testimonies paid for, and witnesses threatened and intimidated to say what the officers want to hear – especially when a crime involves one of their own. Could this have happened in the case of Troy Davis? There is a great possibility – it has happened many times in this country. Here are examples of the many:

Michael Cooper
“I have had a chance to review a statement which I supposedly gave to police officers onJune 25, 1991. I remember that they asked a lot of questions and typed up a statement which they told me to sign. I did not read the statement before I signed. In fact, I have not seen it before today. … What is written in that statement is a lie.”

Joseph Washington
“I saw Sylvester Coles – I know him by the name Red – shoot the police officer. I am positive that it was Red who shot the police officer…”

Jeffrey Sapp
“I got tired of them harassing me, and they made it clear that the only way they would leave me alone is if I told them what they wanted to hear. I told them that Troy told me he did it, but it wasn’t true. Troy never said that or anything like it. When it came time for Troy’s trial, the police made it clear to me that I needed to stick to my original statement; that is, what they wanted me to say. I didn’t want to have any more problems with the cops, so I testified against Troy.”

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When my brother was killed – his death was premeditated murder. His girlfriend got five years’ probation. No member of my family, or any of our friends got a chance to testify on my brother’s behalf. Our corrupt system didn’t notify us of a court date – they handed down her sentence without a word of representation from me or my family. She walked.

A friend and her 9-year old son were brutally murdered. This case was supposed to amount to two life terms served – never happened. The murderer spent several years in jail – but not long enough. He was set free.

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Brian Nichols – “The Atlanta Courthouse Killer,” was on trial for rape when he escaped from prison. Not only did he escape, “he overpowered a female deputy, took her gun, and went into the courtroom where his trial was being held and shot the judge and a court reporter. Nichols is also charged with killing a sheriff’s deputy who tried to stop his escape from the courthouse and shooting a federal agent at his home a few miles from the courthouse. Nichols’ escape set off one of the largest manhunts in Georgia history, which ended after he took Ashley Smith hostage in her apartment and she convinced him to let her leave and then called 911.”

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And yet he lives – supported by taxpayers who should be outraged.

“Brian Nichols will at most spend the rest of his life in prison, spared a death sentence by hopelessly deadlocked Fulton County jurors who had convicted him for the March 11, 2005, courthouse shootings.”

“Judge James Bodiford said he would decide Saturday whether Nichols would get life or life with no possibility of parole.”

“The panel’s 9-3 vote split, with the majority in favor of Nichols dying by injection for killing four people in the rampage that terrorized Atlanta, shook Georgia’s judicial system, cost taxpayers millions of dollars and left the death penalty in doubt in Fulton County.”

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Troy Davis turned himself in. He didn’t run and hide. He didn’t want to be shot by police for something that he maintained until his last breath that he didn’t do.

Our judicial system needs to change immediately. Unfortunately, it may have taken the death of Troy Davis to shed a brighter light on America’s blood thirsty mentality. It takes someone to die for a traffic light to finally be placed at a dangerous intersection. It took the death of Amber Hagerman, a 9-year old child – abducted and murdered to establish Amber Alert – “America’s Missing: Broadcasting Emergency Response” – for public notification of missing and abducted children. There are many other instances where it took a death to establish changes for the good of the public.

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It took many deaths and instances of domestic violence for our country to slowly recognize this evil that is destroying our families. Perhaps the death of Troy Davis will have an impact upon our judicial system – namely the death penalty. For all those who chanted, “I AM TROY DAVIS,” at any given time, this could be true for any of us – especially minorities.

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To both families, I am sorry for your loss. To officer MacPhail’s widow, Joan MacPhail-Harris, I disagree with your statement:

“Officer MacPhail’s widow, Joan MacPhail-Harris, said it was “a time for healing for all families.”

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Your family may progress with “healing,” but the Davis family’s grieving has just begun. They have yet to bury their loved one. No matter what you think of Troy Davis, he was loved as well. It is my hope that his claim to innocence is proven true – and you will be able to handle the truth should it be God’s will that the world will finally know if Slyvester “Redd” Coles is the “real killer.”

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“In 2007, one of those seven witnesses told ABC News that she initially pointed the finger at Davis because of police coercion, and that she believed the real killer was one of the other witnesses. She said she feared he would come after her if she told the truth. She did not want to be identified at the time.”

“Another woman told the parole board Monday that she too believed the real killer went free. Quiana Glover said that she overheard Slyvester “Redd” Coles say that he was actually the shooter. Coles had been drinking heavily, she said. They were both at a party.”

“Coles, it turns out, was the first to implicate Davis, and at trial he testified that he left the scene before the shots were fired.”

“If I knew then what I know now,” juror Brenda Forrest said in 2009, “Troy Davis would not be on death row.”

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May God bless us with truth concerning this matter.

TROY’S FINAL WORDS – LETTER TO SUPPORTERS

I can’t wait to Stand with you, no matter if that is in physical or spiritual form, I will one day be announcing,

“I AM TROY DAVIS, and I AM FREE!”

Never Stop Fighting for Justice and We will Win!      
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Affidavits Recanting Testimony or Statements Given in the Troy Davis Case

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AP Interview: Troy Davis’ sister vows to carry on

“Me and my family, people ask us, `Why aren’t you crying? Why aren’t you grieving?'” said his younger sister, Kim Davis. “My brother was at peace with God. He told us before, `Even though the state of Georgia may execute me, they will only take my physical body, never my soul.'”

“One thing he asked of them was to keep up his struggle so that he wouldn’t die in vain.”

“We told him we’re not just fighting for your innocence,” Kim Davis said. “We’re fighting the judicial system here.”

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UPDATE 12-03-11

Sister of Troy Davis dies

Martina Davis Correia, older sister of Troy Davis, who was executed in September for killing a police officer, died Thursday, according to media reports. Correia, 44, had been fighting breast cancer.

Supporters raise money for Troy Davis funeral, family

“The funeral is expected to be held next Saturday in Savannah.”

Provided the state of Georgia has released his body to the family. As of Friday, they had not. Sister making funeral arrangements without Troy’s body. What a horror.

Troy Davis funeral delayed, body held by state

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Why do states conduct autopsies on executed prisoners?

“Autopsies of executed individuals can help the state and the public determine the effects of lethal injection, whether the individual was conscious when he died instead of anesthetized as he is supposed to be, whether he was in pain and so on,” he said.'”

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A mother’s vigil

Let them tell her she had blood on her hands, she said defiantly. Let them challenge her any way at all. “I know what I’m doing,” she said. (Does this statement bother anyone other than myself?)

“They’re trying to intimidate me. I don’t go that route.”

9:30 … 9:45 … 10:00 … the wait stretched on. But soldiers know how to wait. “I want my justice,” she said. “I just want it done.”

10:19, the phone rang. “Thank you,” MacPhail said to the voice on the other end.

Turning to Edwards and Winningham, she thrust her fists into the air. “It’s going ahead,” she said.

11:08, the phone rang again.  She picked it up and listened. Putting it down, she said slowly and with emphasis: “It is over.” (MORE)

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A MATTER OF LIFE OR DEATH

“A two-year investigation resulted in an exhaustive report done by the Atlanta Constitution and Journal. It showed that receiving the death penalty in Georgia, is “ as predictable as a lightning strike…unfairly shaped by racial and geographic bias and fails to reserve the death penalty for “ the worst of the worst”.
(For a detailed reading of what the investigation uncovered CLICK HERE).

(courtesy of Kavita Chhibber – “BETWEEN LIFE AND EXECUTION – The Troy Davis Story

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Prisoners ‘aware’ in executions

Prisoners executed by lethal injection in the US may have been aware of what was happening to them, researchers claim. A team from the University of Miami looked at information on anaesthesia and awareness in prisoners. They suggest some suffer unnecessarily, and claim standards do not meet those for putting animals down. The researchers, writing in the Lancet, call for the use of lethal injection to cease to prevent “unnecessary cruelty”.

They found that concentrations of thiopental in the blood were lower than that required for surgery in 43 cases. In 21 of those, the concentrations in prisoners’ blood were consistent with them being aware of what was going on. In an accompanying editorial, the Lancet said: “Capital punishment is not only an atrocity, but also a stain on the record of the world’s most powerful democracy.

“Doctors should not be in the job of killing.”

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Lethal injection challenge upheld

“The US Supreme Court has ruled that a death row inmate can pursue an appeal on the grounds that lethal injection would be cruel and unusual punishment.”

In a unanimous ruling, the court said Nelson should be allowed to argue that unless special precautions were taken, his execution would be unconstitutionally harsh.

The US constitution bans “cruel and unusual” punishment.

Doctors had testified that a lethal injection may cause Nelson to suffer and haemorrhage and heart problems before the drugs kill him.

Nelson was less than three hours from execution last year (2003) – when the Supreme Court gave him a temporary reprieve.

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10-10-2003
By Bob Johnson
Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court blocked the execution of David Larry Nelson shortly before it was to take place Thursday, granting a stay to review his claim that death by lethal injection would be unconstitutionally cruel because of the condition of his veins. (They collapsed because of drug use).

“I have just learned this afternoon that David veins in his arms have collapsed and he is not being given the option of death by LI or chair. They are just automatically carrying him to a physician the day before to have an implant put in his vein to put the poison thru. This bother me so bad.” PRISON TALK

Death row inmate David Larry Nelson dies in Holman infirmary

ATMORE, Ala. — Alabama Department of Corrections death row inmate David Larry Nelson, 64, was pronounced dead at approximately 11:10 p.m on Monday.  Nelson died of natural causes in the infirmary of Holman Correctional Facility, according to a corrections spokesman.

Nelson was sentenced to die for the Jan. 1, 1978, shooting death of Wilson W. Thompson in Kimberly, a suburb of Birmingham.  Nelson was also convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole for the fatal shooting of Birmingham cab driver James Cash the night before.

Before his death – Nelson has been tried twice for Thompson’s death. A federal court awarded him a new sentencing hearing after his second trial in 1982 and he was once again sentenced to death during a new hearing in Jefferson County Circuit Court in 1995.

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Last Updated: Monday, 24 May, 2004, 19:03 GMT 20:03 UK

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Ebenezer pastor calls Davis execution ‘moral, spiritual disaster’

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NC’s unique process spotlights innocence efforts

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Fifteen hours after Troy Davis was executed, two men walked out of a North Carolina prison after being exonerated of a murder they had pleaded guilty to committing more than 10 years ago.

“If Georgia had the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, I believe Troy Davis today would be free instead of dead,” said Mark Rabil, a defense lawyer and co-director of the Innocence and Justice Clinic at the Wake Forest University School of Law.

In North Carolina, the state commission examines claims like those made by Davis — who maintained his innocence even when he was strapped to a gurney in Georgia’s death chamber. If cases meet rigorous criteria, they are reviewed by a three-judge panel that can reverse a conviction only if the decision is unanimous.

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Texas prisons end special last meals in executions

“The controversy began after Lawrence Russell Brewer, who was executed on Wednesday for the hate crime slaying of James Byrd Jr. more than a decade ago, asked for two chicken fried steaks, a triple-meat bacon cheeseburger, fried okra, a pound of barbecue, three fajitas, a meat lover’s pizza, a pint of ice cream and a slab of peanut butter fudge with crushed peanuts. Prison officials said Brewer didn’t eat any of it.

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Are last-minute Supreme Court stays cruel and unusual punishment?

1http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44592285/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/?GT1=43001#.Tnwg6tSccl8

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The greatest, and most unselfish death was that of our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us while we were yet sinners.He had no sins of His own. He took our sins upon Himself so that we who believe in Him, serve Him, honor Him, and give up our selfish ways for His kingdom will inherit eternal life.

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2 Corinthians 5:18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:

Psalm 5:6 You destroy those who tell lies; bloodthirsty and deceitful men the LORD abhors.

Luke 12:4 “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more.

New American Standard Bible (©1995)
“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

Matthew 10:28

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Legal observers say winning murder conviction against CA cop in homeless death could be tough

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I read where Georgia would perform an autopsy on Troy Davis before releasing the body to the family for burial. After reading how the evil Chinese government with ties to America sell the body parts of executed prisoners, I question whether Troy Davis will be released to his family with his organs intact. OMG!

AMERICANS ARE USING CHINESE PRISONERS AS SPARE PARTS!

CHINESE DEATH VAN

Executions are performed in vans such as the above, and the body parts are taken and sold.

“In China, human rights groups say citizens have been executed for nonviolent offenses like taking bribes, credit card theft, small-scale tax evasion, and stealing truckloads of vegetables. Political dissidents have also been sentenced to death.”

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“Affiliated with the NYU Medical Center, Bellevue is Dr. Diflo’s chief source of referral patients who have Chinese prisoners’ organs. People who receive a transplant must remain under a doctor’s care for an extended period. Thus, patients who buy a kidney from China’s death row end up seeking treatment in American hospitals, where the cost can be supported by public funding. Diflo says his patients pay for their anti-rejection drugs with Medicaid and Medicare.” (And our government plans to make cuts to these programs which will hurt American citizens.)

“Hospitals even pay judges to tip them off when they sentence a suitable donor to death. “The money goes to officials all of the way up the line,” she says. “It goes to the courts, the people in charge of the prisons. It goes to the doctors, the hospitals, everything.”


Picture: AFP

A woman is taken away for execution after being sentenced to death in Beijing in 2001.

North Carolina Death Row Inmate Writes Letter About Life of ‘Leisure’

“Is the public aware that I am a gentleman of leisure, watching color TV in the A.C., reading, taking naps at will, eating three well balanced hot meals a day,” Hembree asked in the letter. “I’m housed in a building that connects to the new 55 million dollar hospital with round the clock free medical care 24/7.”

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