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20-09-11 Meet the Real Georgia Killers

20-09-11 Meet the Real Georgia Killers

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The family that slays together stays together
The family that slays together stays together

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Published by: William J Greenberg on Sep 21, 2011
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MEET THE REAL GEORGIA KILLERSWritten by Lee LeslieSEPTEMBER 20, 2011Read the full story
Meet the five people responsiblefor the death of Troy Davis – the Georgia Board of Pardons. Wedon’t know how they voted. It is possible that one or two of thesepeople is innocent. As a group, however, they conspired andannounced their death sentence. Troy Davis will be killed onWednesday, September 21, 2011 at 7:00PM. Troy Davis was convicted in 1989 for the murder of Savannah of off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail. No physical evidence linkingDavis to the murder was presented at the trial. No gun was everfound. Seven of the nine witnesses in his trial have since recantedtheir testimony – several later testified they had been coerced bythe police and the prosecution. An eighth witness, Redd Coles,has admitted that he was the killer.
“Calls for Davis to be spared execution have been made by numerous dignitaries, including former President Jimmy Carter,Pope Benedict XVI, former FBI Director William Sessions, former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Norman Fletcher and Larry Thompson, the former deputy U.S. attorney general. Davis’ advocates, including Amnesty International and the NAACP, haveused social media to rally worldwide support. Last week, Davis’ supporters presented the parole board with the names of morethan 663,000 people asking that Davis be granted clemency.” 
 The Troy Davis case has been problematic since the beginningand is a poster child of what can go wrong, even in modern dayGeorgia, when political pressure to convict in a police shootingmeets a poor black defendant. (
has a quick overview.)
“This has been an extraordinary legal saga since the murder in1989, and two years ago the United States Supreme Court did something it almost never does – instructed a District Court inGeorgia to take another look at the case, hold a hearing,” Toobinsaid. A Savannah judge did just that, Toobin said, and issued a 170- page opinion saying that, despite the recanted testimony, “thereis no substantial doubt cast on the verdict as far as this judgecould tell.”
 The argument of whether the death penalty is just or effectiveaside, no one should be sentenced to death when there are suchquestions of guilt. Commuting the sentence to life in prison wouldhardly have been much of a compromise for society. Themembers of the Georgia Board of Pardons, all appointed by SonnyPerdue, may have done their political duties, but should neversleep well again. This is not justice. The following is from the
Chairman James E. Donald Chairman
 James E. Donald 
 ) began his term as Chairman of the State Board of Pardonsand Paroles July 1, 2010. Chairman Donald was elected to the position by the Board Members in June.Chairman Donald is the former Commissioner of the Department of Corrections, and was the driving force behind groundbreakingtransformations in one of the State’s largest departments. AsCommissioner, Mr. Donald oversaw the fifth largest prison systemin the nation, some 200,000 felons in prison or on probation,15,000 employees, of whom 10,000 are sworn peace officers, and an annual budget of more than $1.2 billion.Mr. Donald’s commitment to Governor Perdue’s vision of a safer,healthier, better educated and best-managed Georgia hasresulted in several revolutionary initiatives. Under his leadership,relocation of the Corrections Headquarters and its Training Academy to Tift Campus in Forsyth, Georgia began. This decisionwill save Georgia taxpayers $4 million annually. Additionally, hisdecisions to realign and reduce staff positions in the centraloffice, combine many facilities and probation support functions,and transform medical support practices are estimated to havesaved taxpayers over $16 million.

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