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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Wichita, Kansas activists tried to save Troy Davis

From Wichita Peace and Freedom Party Examiner;

Members of the Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty and members of the Kansas Peace and Justice Center held a vigil outside The Wichita Eagle Building today.
The focus was on stopping Troy Davis from being executed tonight. These efforts and many across the nation have failed as Davis was executed tonight, according to ABC News. According to that report;
The court's decision to deny the stay came without comment after 10 p.m. ET.
At 7:05 p.m. ET, five minutes after his scheduled death, Davis' supporters erupted in cheers, hugs and tears outside the jail in Jackson, Ga., as supporters believed Davis had been saved from the death penalty. But Davis was granted only a temporary reprieve as the Supreme Court considered the decision.
According to Janice Bradley, a protester;“If this (Davis) were tried today he’d never be convicted. With DNA, and better line up techniques, he wouldn’t even have gone to trial. Seven witnesses recanted their testimony.”
Some people came out to appose the death penalty in principal.
“What are we going to tell our children and grandchildren,” said Dr. Alice Powell.
The local anti-death penalty coalition has a list of innocent people being executed who have turned out to be innocent. This is one more example of an execution of an innocent man. He was also black. What is the difference between this and the lynch laws we outlawed in the southern US? This is a disgrace.
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