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To: shankbear
There are enough reasonable doubts as to his actual guilt that this execution should be canceled. Sentenced to death with only a couple of eyewitnesses and several people recanting their testimony; and jurors saying they would have changed their minds if they had all the facts; and even conservative legal professionals arguing for clemency?

This case is exactly why anti-death penalty have an argument; and I am very pro-death penalty.

10 posted on 09/21/2011 10:53:32 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: SeaHawkFan

Dittos. Emotion seems to have run this case.


11 posted on 09/21/2011 10:56:09 AM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: SeaHawkFan

Due process was given at trial. Reasonable doubt was tested at trial. Every appeal has re-examined the issues. Minds can differ.


13 posted on 09/21/2011 10:59:44 AM PDT by shankbear (Al-Qaeda grew while Monica blew)
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To: SeaHawkFan

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.


15 posted on 09/21/2011 11:00:48 AM PDT by hallbrain
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To: SeaHawkFan
There are enough reasonable doubts as to his actual guilt that this execution should be canceled.

Agreed - reportedly seven of nine eyewitnesses have recanted their testimony, some saying they were intimidated by police and prosecutors. There is also reportedly no physical evidence tying this guy to the murder. I have no problem with the death sentence when the case is iron-clad. That's not this case. There seems to be a reasonable possibility that this guy is innocent.
17 posted on 09/21/2011 11:06:05 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: SeaHawkFan
IDK the details here but he has had his execution put on hold three times already. Apparently whatever doubts linger are not all that reasonable, since the defense has had ample opportunity to make their case.

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.

18 posted on 09/21/2011 11:06:35 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: SeaHawkFan

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.


20 posted on 09/21/2011 11:10:33 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: SeaHawkFan
I understand that both former Rep Bob Barr and former FBI Director William Sessions have serious doubts about this one. I trust both men to be level headed and in no way sympathetic to cop-killers.

I know he's had his day in court but this one smells a bit.

29 posted on 09/21/2011 11:23:14 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing an idiot)
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To: SeaHawkFan

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.


35 posted on 09/21/2011 11:42:08 AM PDT by RightFighter (Now back to my war station.)
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