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Anniversary of Troy Davis Execution Prompts Discourse

Tomorrow, September 21, is the one-year anniversary of the controversial execution of Troy Davis in Georgia. (See report from a year ago here.) Since 1989 DNA has revealed that wrongful conviction—the conviction of a person totally innocent of the crime—does happen, and more frequently than most Americans believe. That reality begs the question of whether or not an innocent person has been executed in the United States. Troy Davis’s execution elevated this question Continue reading

The galvanizing Troy Davis case taught lessons beyond death penalty

Massive attention in America and internationally on the Troy Davis case appropriately focused on the death penalty, but this case was a call to action regardless of one’s position on capital punishment. The troubling uncertainty that followed Troy Davis to the death chamber on September 21, 2011, should prompt widespread recognition that the U.S. criminal justice system can do better, and Americans must require it.

When Davis’s guilt was called into question following the recantation of most key witnesses, thousands protested but were unable to stop the train that had left the station twenty years earlier. That’s when a jury, after weighing evidence Continue reading