Three hours. In three hours an innocent man will fall victim to a justice system that has more flaws than are fit for it to run. I can liken our justice system on a smaller scale, to a car dealership. If you buy a car and it’s a lemon, they have to reevaluate, there are laws barring them from forcing you to keep the car if it’s a danger to drive. They check under the hood, they look at the inner workings of the vehicle and if they deem it an issue that cannot be fixed by a mechanic and returned to you, they have to offer you a car that works safely. Our justice system is bigger and more powerful than any car dealership and yet, for some reason, the DA won’t, figuratively, “check under the hood” for the problem, they won’t look at the facts of the case that show the flaws and require more than to be glossed over and dismissed. Instead, metaphorically, they’re sending an innocent consumer off the lot in a car that’s guaranteed to explode; they’re violating the law.
The Troy Davis case itself has been a lemon since 1991. I was two at the time, and didn’t start following this case until early 2006, but from what I’ve seen, and the research that I’ve done on my own as a freelance writer, I have come to the conclusion that this case needed to be thrown out and properly retried years ago. For over 20 years Troy Davis has, metaphorically, been driving around in a lemon that was doomed to fail him. Three stays of execution put a temporary patch on the problem but there is only so much you can do with paperclips, tape, and chewing gum. I would like to point out that rather than follow the law to the letter, the justice system has allowed an innocent man to take the fall for a crime he did not commit.
- There is no DNA.
- There is no murder weapon.
- Seven of nine witnesses have recanted their testimony.
- Two witnesses were coerced by law enforcement or threatened.
- Sylvester “Redd” Coles, Troy Davis’ alleged “accomplice” has come forward and taken full responsibility for the crime more than once.
- A federal court judge has made clear the case was not “iron clad”, but refused to stay the execution regardless of the vast doubt cast on condemned.
- There is, simply put, #toomuchdoubt, to convict this man to such finality.
The people who stand today with Troy Davis in his final hours are not asking for his release (although, barring a miracle, this would be a wonderful turn of events), we are simply asking for justice. We are asking for the death warrant revoked and the sentence overturned in favor of a life sentence, with or without parole. We are firmly behind a justice system that works, not one that will release a child murderer like Casey Anthony, where DNA evidence was present, but send an innocent man to the gurney when there is nothing to link him to the crime he is said to have committed.
Truly, my heart goes out to the family, widow, friends and former colleagues of Officer MacPhail, no harm is wished upon them and their loss is not overlooked, but in your grief please find it in your heart to realize that an eye for an eye leaves us all blind, especially when the innocent are robbed of their human rights.
Troy Davis is brother, a son, a friend, he could be you or I. He is innocent and does not deserve to die.
September 21st, 2011
I AM TROY DAVIS