Troy Davis is scheduled to die Weds. But there are way too many questions about the case and this broken system must respond at least to that. PETITION HERE
From the TIMES:
A parade of witnesses have recanted since the original trial, and new testimony suggests the prosecution’s main witness might be the killer. There are racial undertones — Mr. Davis is black and the victim was white — and legal cliffhangers, including a stay in 2008 that came with less than 90 minutes to spare and a Hail Mary pass in 2009 that resulted in a rare Supreme Court decision.Altogether, it had the makings of a story that has grabbed many armchair lawyers and even the most casual opponent of the death penalty.
The list of people asking that the Georgia parole board offer clemency has grown from the predictable (Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Indigo Girls) to the surprising, including 51 members of Congress, entertainment heavyweights like Cee Lo Green and death penalty supporters including William S. Sessions, a former F.B.I. director, and Bob Barr, a former member of Congress, and some leaders in the Southern Baptist church. (Unlike some other states, in Georgia the governor cannot commute a death sentence; only the parole board can.)
Sen. Joe Manshin (D WV), is seen here pondering the new jobs bill from Pres. Obama. Manshin: "I have serious questions about the level of spending that President Obama proposed." Turns out the War on America Gang in the House has a powerful ally in the Senate . . . DEMOCRATS. So-called "Blue Dogs", "centrists", etc. They not only mimic Republican talking points but adopt their philosophy, that tax increases are always wrong, no matter how unequal the deal. Obama is weak and in a box. The Congress is owned and operated by corporate interests who are outlawing the truth. What the overwhelming consensus of economists of all stripes is (that we need more stimulus) doesn't matter when it is surrounded by media, the Republican Party and here, Democrats who want to live in what they think is a safe pre-recession fantasyland.
Obama never really sized up his enemies. Now we see he doesn't even understand his friends.
If we ever wondered why the GOP obsessed about imaginary “death panels” in 2010, we can get a glimpse of the answer in the debate the other night when the AUDIENCE at the GOP Tea Party Debate howled, “Let Him Die!” when the question was put to Ron Paul about an indigent coma patient. They, obviously hate the idea of “death panels” because they have a larger Death Agenda. For patients, children, people in trouble of all kinds. The Pro-Life party, parties hard for the unborn to hook the boobs into the tent. And then, too late, they are seen for what they are, the Party of Death. Like this perfect and perfectly apPAULling moment with the good doctor.