THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT IN GEORGIA?

"That's the night the lights went out in Georgia That's the night that they hung an innocent man well don't trust your soul to no backwoods southern lawyer because the Judge in the town has blood stains on his hands…" UPDATE: The US Supreme Court denied a stay for Troy Davis. By the time most of us read this, Georgia will have executed a man who may well be innocent. The best legal system in the world? We don't have the best legal system in our own hemisphere. We're just sick over this. As we write this Troy Davis, convicted killer of Savannah, Georgia police office Mark McPhail, lays perhaps in a death chamber, maybe with an IV in his arm, as nine men and women he has never met debate whether to end his life. At 9:38 PM, 2 hours and thirty eight minutes past the time set for Davis' death, the nation and the world wait while Georgia authorities wisely have given deference to the consideration of the US Supreme Court which did not issue a formal stay. The Pope, Jimmy Carter, Former Congressman (and virulent right winger) Bob Barr, former FBI Director (and proponent of the death penalty) Bill Sessions, five wardens of prisons that have death rows-including the former warden of the prison where Davis is at, and a petition of 680,000 others have asked Georgia not to kill Davis. Seven of nine eyewitnesses have recanted. Ballistics evidence has been called into question. The eyewitnesses were clearly mishandled (if not downright forced by the police into identifying Davis), and five jurors have said that given what they now know they would not have voted for death. If ever there was a compelling case for not executing a man, this is it. The world waits and watches as we dance our macabre dance of legal death. When will this nightmare ever end? The georgia patrol was making their rounds So he fired a shot just to flag em down And a big bellied sheriff grabbed his gun and said Whyd you do it? The judge said guilty in a make believe trial Slapped the sherrif on the back with a smile and said Suppers waiting at home and I got to get to it. They hung my brother before I could say The tracks he saw while on his way To andys house and back that night were mine And his cheatin wife had never left town And that's one body thatll be found You see little sister don't miss when she aims her gun… Site Feed

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