Justice Isn’t Always Just…

I do not believe in the death penalty because there is always a possibility of doubt, and our justice system has never been perfect often with racist, classist and sexist underlying issues within it. As I think about the possible execution of Troy Davis today, I can’t help but think of another story of the youngest person executed in this country, George Stinney. Stinney was only fourteen when he was accused of murdering two white girls, Betty June Binnicker (11) and Mary Emma Thames (8) in South Carolina on March 23, 1944. Although officers claimed he confessed to the crime, the confession was not recorded, the 3-hour trial was not recorded, no witnesses were called to the stand (black people were not allowed to testify), no evidence was presented from the defense and Stinney’s slight stature would have made it extremely difficult to actually commit the crime the way the police said he did it. So, Stinney was not given a fair trial, yet we was sentenced to death by electric chair. Now we come to trial of Troy Davis, who was accused of murdering a police officer, Mark MacPhail, n Georgia on August 19, 1989. Although the murder weapon was not found and several of the witnesses had recanted their statements, in addition to a number of other problems, Davis was denied clemency on Monday. So, I am asking you to please either sign the petitions at Amnesty International or Innocence Project or call the Georgia Board of Pardons

Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles:
Phone: 404-656-0693 and 404-656-5651
Fax: 404-651-8502 and 404-651-6670

Savannah District Attorney Larry Chisolm
Phone: 912-652-7308; Fax: 912-652-7328

Local Judge Penny Haas Freesemann
Phone: (912) 652-7252

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal 
Phone: 404-656-1776

Do it for Davis and in remembrance of other people who may have been wrongfully executed and/or jailed in the past, like George Stinney. 

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