In light of evidence brought forth on the Troy Davis case, a bipartisan effort has been made for a reprieve. But, not Ann Coulter. The misinformed blogger/author has taken aim on the Davis case. For her, it’s all about liberals trying to abolish the death penalty. For liberals, it’s about saving a man’s life who is possibly innocent.
“Beyond a reasonable doubt” – that is our Judicial system, not ‘because we like to fry them.’ Ann’s partisan mind states:
Davis pulled out a gun and shot two strangers in public. What “physical evidence” were they expecting? No houses were broken into, no cars stolen, no rapes or fistfights accompanied the shootings. Where exactly would you look for DNA? And to prove what?
So in Coulter’s line of ‘thinking’ right now I could say “I saw Ann Coulter shoot someone in the back” and no evidence should be required because, I said so. Good to know! This country is based on a Judicial system which is flawed because people run it. Mistakes are made but in the case of a man put to death, we can’t afford to have lingering questions as to his doubt, hence, again, ‘Beyond a reasonable doubt.’
Ann is seeking attention again trying to claw her way out of obscurity. She faded away only to grace the pages of WorldNetDaily, playing to the wingnut/birther base, but she’s gaining traction again lately — out of boredom or desire to stuff her bank account full of green. So very Palin-esque.
Only when the media began lying about innocent people being executed did support for the death penalty begin to waver, falling from 80 percent to about 60 percent in a little more than a decade. (Silver lining: That’s still more Americans than believe in man-made global warming.)
Fifty-nine percent of Americans now believe that an innocent man has been executed in the last five years. There is more credible evidence that space aliens have walked among us than that an innocent person has been executed in this country in the past 60 years, much less the past five years.
That petty partisan hack now claims that no innocent men have been executed since 1950.
There’s a reason more than a dozen courts have looked at Davis’ case and refused to overturn his death sentence. He is as innocent as every other executed man since at least 1950, which is to say, guilty as hell.
Coulter can claim this knowing full well that courts will rarely admit to murdering an innocent person.
There is no way to tell how many of the over 1,000 people executed since 1976 may also have been innocent. Courts do not generally entertain claims of innocence when the defendant is dead. Defense attorneys move on to other cases where clients’ lives can still be saved. Some cases with strong evidence of innocence include:
Carlos DeLuna Texas Conviction: 1983, Executed: 1989
Ruben Cantu Texas Convicted: 1985, Executed: 1993
Larry Griffin Missouri Conviction: 1981, Executed: 1995
Joseph O’Dell Virginia Conviction: 1986, Executed: 1997
David Spence Texas Conviction: 1984, Executed: 1997
Leo Jones Florida Convicted: 1981, Executed: 1998
Gary Graham Texas Convicted: 1981, Executed: 2000,
Claude Jones Texas Convicted 1989, Executed 2000
Cameron Willingham Texas Convicted: 1992, Executed: 2004
The last name on the list might be familiar to you – Cameron Willingham, executed even after Governor Rick Perry had evidence contrary to the court’s claim of guilt. Arson experts have come forth acknowledging this man’s innocence. The courts failed him.
Not only did Governor Perry deny Willingham’s appeal for clemency even though an expert arson investigator had rebutted all the solid evidence in the case, Perry fired investigators who were about to provide Willingham’s innocence.
The Troy Davis case was not a partisan issue until hacks like Ann Coulter made it one. So anxious to kill in light of contrary evidence only makes the case for opponents of the death penalty which, I might add, fails if one innocent man or woman is executed.
OJ Simpson walked. Troy Davis is to be executed — so very liberal of us to want a stay of execution in a system which has failed time and time again – How’s the Casey Anthony verdict feeling for you Ann? The courts are not infallible. There is no DNA evidence, no murder weapon and 7 out of 9 witnesses have recanted. That is reasonable doubt, especially when one of the witnesses is Sylvester ‘Redd’ Coles, suspected by many in the murder of Officer MacPhail. Isn’t his confession enough doubt? He admitted during a drunken night to have murdered Officer MacPhail.
When an innocent dies, you lose. We all lose. The death penalty loses.