We Already Have a Federal Ban on Execution

and it’s called the 8th Amendment.   The Supreme Court of the United States grossly violated this amendment while they pretended to deliberate over a stay of execution for Troy Davis on Wednesday night.  While they did political calculus, Troy Davis was strapped to the gurney in the death chamber, needle-ready.  For 4 hours.

Disgraceful. Disgusting. Criminal.

Then we have the missing-in-action activist President.  I wonder when the community organizer will actually materialize.  Then, in last nights Republican Primary Debate, everyone on stage, including the moderators, let Rick Perry say in regards to his mandated HPV vaccination of every girl in Texas: “I erred on the side of life.  And I will ALWAYS err on the side of life.”

If only, Rick Perry.  If only, Georgia.  If only, Supreme Court.  If only.

8 thoughts on “We Already Have a Federal Ban on Execution

  1. Keep speaking truth to power, Chris. I really think these so-called leaders underestimate how mad we are. We’re not riot mad. We’re not spit in your eye mad. We’re go to law school, go to the voting booth, speak on Capitol Hill, unseat each and every political coward MAD. Help us, Jesus.

  2. Besides which, he was already in jail for what, twenty years, for a crime no one could prove he committed? Where there was apparently no physical evidence and almost every witness recanted?

    I just can’t understand how judge after judge and finally justices could review this case, see that there was absolutely no evidence to convict this guy, and still refuse to let him go. If everyone else sees that he’s innocent, why couldn’t they? To do what they did, it’s almost like they had a reason to want to see him dead, which is just bizarre. And as you said, disgusting, but that goes without saying. I’m horrified, but more than that, absolutely baffled.

    (Also, I’d agree that the 8th amendment should prohibit execution. I also don’t think there’s any physical punishment the government imposes that isn’t cruel and unusual. Years of imprisonment are cruel, and they’re certainly not the usual punishment I’d think of for something like personal drug use that harms no one but oneself.)

  3. I concur. The 8th Amendment unambiguously prohibits these heinous acts. Cruel and unusual punishment. The termination of a life, particularly when life in prison without parole is a real option, is cruel. Even more cruel when you consider that in this case there was great uncertainty as to guilt, even if it arose after the initial trial. Also, the medicine they used to execute Troy Davis is ordinarily used to put pets to sleep, the manufacturer begged them not to use such. The prior drug used in Georgia was being illegally imported, that manufacturer also implored Georgia not to use their product for executions. Unusual? Well, when all of one’s peers refrain from an activity, that activity might not be common, it might be unusual. Almost every country in the Western World has banned capital punishment, making the United States an anomoly. And an additional reason, if moral grounds are insufficient, capital punishment cases almost always cost taxpayers more money than life in prison. Indeed it is cheaper to let the prisoner live out their natural life behind bars, than it is to put them to death. So it’s unconstitutional and a waste of taxpayers dollars. As to Perry, apparently he received thunderous applause at a recent GOP debate when proudly stating how he has put to death more prisoners than any Texas governor, and that he doesn’t lose any sleep worrying if any were innocent. If only our elected officials would put an end to this barbaric (and expensive) system of punishment. Sometimes, being a leader requires a politician to stand against something that has popular support, because standing against it is the right thing to do.

  4. This story has holes. Davis was convicted by his peers in modern times in a modern court; presumably beyond a reasonable doubt as instructed. The jury may well have erred on the side of racism or shoddy police work, but I’ve seen nothing to substantiate that. I see baseless claims of injustice in the last two weeks out of the potential last two decades. I sincerely have no idea of Davis’ guilt or innocence, but neither does anyone else.

    We need to divorce the verdict from the punishment.

    1. I agree that the punishment and verdict are two separate issues. The death penalty is barbaric all by itself. But in this case, the lack of evidence around the conviction, and the arrogance of the courts, made the death penalty an issue for a lot of people who hadn’t question it like they are now.

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