Execution Underscores Death Penalty’s Systemic Injustices

Posted: September 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 21, 2011

ATLANTA – The state of Georgia tonight executed Troy Davis, despite serious concerns that he was wrongly convicted in 1989 of killing a police officer.

“The execution of an innocent man crystallizes in the most sickening way the vast systemic injustices that plague our death penalty system. No innocent person should ever be put to death, and it is unconscionable and unconstitutional to carry out an execution where, as in the case of Troy Davis, significant doubts exist,” said Denny LeBoeuf, the American Civil Liberties Union’s Capital Punishment Project director.

“The jury in Troy’s case was deceived, witnesses were pressured, and virtually no one who looks at the case today would claim that he could be convicted, let alone sentenced to death, for the murder. Troy’s case makes clear that the death penalty system in the United States is broken beyond repair. It is arbitrary, discriminatory and comes at an enormous cost to taxpayers, and it must be ended.”

http://www.aclu.org/capital-punishment/aclu-calls-execution-troy-davis-unconscionable-and-unconstitutional

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s