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The Death of Troy Davis

By Ryan Morrison

At 11:08 p.m. September 21, Troy Davis was given three lethal injections that ended his life.  He was put to death for the murder of police officer Mark Allen MacPhail. Before his eyes shut for the last time, Mr. Davis begged Mr. MacPhail’s family to continue looking into this case. He proclaimed his innocence, as he had countless times over the past 22 years, and asked god to forgive the men about to put him to death.

As of January 1, 2011 there were 3,251 inmates on death row nationwide. It would be a safe bet to assume that when asked, most of these inmates would proclaim their innocence, just the same as Mr. Davis did. Why then, did so many feel so strongly about Troy Davis and his fate?

The media reported that the prosecution had, at best, a flimsy case and that many key witnesses had recanted their testimonies, as well as how former President Jimmy Carter, along with 51 senators, requested the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to pardon Mr. Davis. We were also told about the case making its way in and out of our Supreme Court.  But this is where things got murky. There was little explanation of how the end result was reached from a legal standpoint. Allow LASIS to explain.   (more…)

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