This case is exactly why anti-death penalty have an argument; and I am very pro-death penalty.
Dittos. Emotion seems to have run this case.
Due process was given at trial. Reasonable doubt was tested at trial. Every appeal has re-examined the issues. Minds can differ.
What is your opinion based on? What you read in the news? Why hasn’t the news reported any of the hard (172 pages worth) evidence they have against him? All you hear is the recanted testimonies but what did the other 2 say? You never hear that.
This isn't the 1950's, I assume the defendant's case has been well scrutinized. If they're down to trying to use a lie detector test at this late date, I'd say this guy has gotten due process.
It may happen, rarely, that an innocent man is executed. That's why I support the idea of the Innocence Project, to minimize horrible mistakes. I don't think it happens enough to suspend the use of capital punishment, just as I don't think the deaths of civilians in warfare (collateral damage)is good enough a reason to be a pacifist.
I think one needs be 100% sure on any sentence and death would call for an ever higher threshold.
Of course there are many on this site who believe in the infallibility of the justice system.
I know he's had his day in court but this one smells a bit.
Have you read the legal opinion on the case? There were not “only a couple of eyewitnesses” - there were nine, I believe. Of the seven (I think) that “recanted”, only ONE (the jailhouse snitch) fully recanted his testimony, but the appeals court noted that his testimony at trial contradicted all of the eyewitness testimony, which was incredibly consistent, so it was obviously false testimony to begin with. The others didn’t actually recant their testimony, or they recanted by affadavit, but then when Davis had a chance to put them forward as witnesses at the evidentiary hearing before the appeals court, he left them sitting in the hall. The appeals court viewed that with great suspicion, as a recantation by affadavit is much more suspect then live testimony. It was DAVIS and his attorney that made that decision not to call them as witnesses, and as the appeals court said in its opinion, that calls into question what they were worried would happen if those witnesses were cross-examined about their supposed recantations.
Overall, after reading the full legal opinion, I have no doubt this guy committed the crime and justice is about to be served. And I speak as someone who was wrongly arrested in my past for a crime I did not commit. I try to give the benefit of the doubt in cases like this.