On Troy Davis: Ann Coulter Claims No Innocent Men Have been Executed Since 1950

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.

A lie:

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.



  • novenator

    More historical revisionism by a conservative leader.

  • OMGawd

    It only takes a Google search and/or logic to know that her assertions are highly flawed. Well really they are simply partisan lies. This time Ann is messing with a life. She’s anti-choice yet willing to kill a possibly innocent man. His death will be on her hands as well as the Board’s. For every person that had a voice and didn’t use it they are accountable.

    • PhoneBill

      @OMGawd, So she was wrong in saying there was 34 witness testifying on behalf of the prosecution? Or was she wrong in saying he was also convicted for the earlier shooting, the same day, where they found the same type of bullet casings? Or was she wrong when the Davis wouldn’t allow the “recanting” witness to testify at his appeal? Or was she wrong when she said that 3 witness, from the Air Force, never recanted their story that they saw Davis stand over MacPhail and shoot him?

      I had no opinion about this case until I started reading the arguments of those supporting him. I looked further into the case but wasn’t wholly convinced until I read Davis’ own words just before dying as reported by the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, “It’s not my fault; I did not have a gun,” he said while strapped to a gurney, according to witness Rhonda Cook of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I did not personally kill your son, father, brother,” he said, Cook reported.

      He didn’t say he wasn’t there, he didn’t say he wasn’t involved, he said, “I did not have a gun” and “I did not personally kill your son..” Really, are those the words of an innocent man? NO! An innocent man would say, “I had NOTHING to do with this.” NO qualifiers.

  • Laughing!

    Ann Coulter sounds desperate for attention. We should thank her for making us sound even more credible. I just can’t thank her with a straight face.

    • http://FreakOutNation.com Anomaly100

      @Laughing!, Pity her. She is obviously lacking the most basic of skills.

    • PhoneBill

      @Laughing!, I’d suggest you read her article and not rely on the snippets posted here. So you don’t have to look too hard, here’s the URL, http://www.anncoulter.com/columns/2011-09-21.html

      • Laughing!

        @PhoneBill, Unfortunately I did read it since it’s linked in this article unlike her unsubstantiated claims.

      • Meks

        @PhoneBill, I visited the Page… And I have also seen other comments made by her… Ann coulter is seeking Attention,

        He didn’t say he wasn’t there, he didn’t say he wasn’t involved, he said, “I did not have a gun” and “I did not personally kill your son..” Really, are those the words of an innocent man?

        Let me ask you a question? cos it seems you, like Ann Coulter has lost Focus…. Is Troy Davis being Accused of being there(Accomplice) or for actually committing the Murder!!!

        Is the Dead Penalty Justifiable for someone being on the scene?

        Keep your Draws on old man ‘cos its definitely coming down.

        • PhoneBill

          @Meks, “Is the Dead [sic] Penalty Justifiable for someone being on the scene?” Fair enough question, one would have to assume, as far as answering your question, that Davis was an accomplice and not just on the scene. For an accomplice I think the death penalty can be applied based on their involvement (and of course state law). However, I do not believe Davis was an accomplice, I believe he IS the shooter and so did the 3 Airman who witnessed the shooting and who did NOT recant their statements. One Airman stated, when cross-examined, “You don’t forget someone that stands over and shoots someone.”

          I was not in the jury, nor was I in the courtroom so I must rely on their decision and the decisions of the judge there and the many other judges who also heard the case afterwards. One of the judges who reviewed the case responded with an 172 page order explaining how the witnesses recanting was “smoke and mirrors.”

          His final words show he was involved, which he had previously denied saying he was only trying to make peace. That was simply the last piece of evidence showing me that he has lied throughout.

  • http://www.chefbob50-inmyhumbleopinion.blogspot.com chefbob50

    Anne Coulter is a piece of shit, heartless,attention whore I hope she wakes up tomorrow with stage 4 lung cancer and dies on Saturday. God damn I hate this disgusting drag queen…

  • jtstewart

    There’s a special place in hell waiting for Ann Coulter. She is a low life who gets her attention fix by being controversial, akin to Howard Stern. Bet she flips out over that comparison!
    The death penalty is barbaric and outdated. It’s worse to kill an innocent than to free someone who is guilty.

  • BSBostonGirl

    Why did you skip the part of the story that explained there were 34 witnesses not 9! I guess you only report the facts that serve your purpose.

    • Laughing!

      @BSBostonGirl, 34 witnesses doesn’t mean they were 34 eye witnesses. Some might have been witnesses on Troy Davis’ attendance in high school. A mailman. Anything, but they weren’t all eyewitnesses unless you’re suggesting that he pulled out a gun in front of all those people and killed a cop.

  • jonny

    He had his day in court. He exhausted his chances of being found innocent thru the legal system.(and then some)….. Done deal.

    • Meks

      @jonny, Through A legal system… Hope you will believe the same legal system when one of your own is on trial…..

      Casey Anthony
      OJ Simpson

      All walk free as a result of the same Legal System

      • PhoneBill

        @Meks, “…one of your own…” what is that?? One was white, one was black, one was poor, one was rich, one was unknown, and one was famous, what’s your point, what pattern are you trying to point out?

        Or are you arguing that even the scantest of doubt can get someone acquitted? If so, that doubt obviously didn’t exist with Davis and he was convicted. Convicted by 12 jurors and the dozen or so judges that heard and/or read his appeal.

  • Jim

    Like Ann Coulter or hate her, I believe she is right about Troy Davis. It makes sense to me that at or shortly after a horrific event, witnesses tend to tell what they really saw. There were quite a few witnesses who identified Davis as the killer. No one, to my knowledge, ever identified the person “Red”Coles, as the shooter of the officer. It took some 16-17 years for 7 of these witnesses to ever say anything different. Apparently all of those who recanted either knew Davis or knew of him. Not all, however, changed their testimony.

    If we as a society are going to require, in every case, DNA evidence, plus video shots of a crime, plus dozens and dozens of eye witnesses, combined with straight forward confessions, all in tandem, as proof as to who the perpetrator actually is, then we might as well close the courtrooms, prisons, and jails in this country. It would then become the responsibility of all citizens to arm themselves in the event of them becoming victims.

    • http://FreakOutNation.com Anomaly100

      @Jim, So you do not believe in our Justice system which states “beyond a reasonable doubt” is to prevail. No, I do not like Ann Coulter’s hyperbolic, liberal hating posts, which do nothing but distract right wingers from listening to all sides. Her posts are unlinked yet her readers believe every word.

      • Jim

        I certainly do believe in “Proof Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.” That is the standard for the amount of proof necessary to find one guilty in a criminal court. I believe that standard was met in the Troy Davis trial.

        What some apparently believe is “Proof Beyond ALL Doubt”. That is an impossibility in virtually all trials. Which, is why, it is not a true standard.

        I too think Ann Coulter is sometimes over the top and can say some outlandish things. I am conservative which, to you, may equal right wing. Ann Coulter does not speak for me. I have a mind of my own and can speak for myself. However, I think she is right in this case. And, just because she is a bit over the top at times, that doesn’t mean she is always wrong.

        • http://FreakOutNation.com Anomaly100

          @Jim, I think she’s tragically wrong in this instance [and most] but kudos for having your own mind. I applaud that.

  • sharon pendleton

    Ann Coulter is right. This Davis guy is guilty. The death
    penalty is a neccessary evil in a civilized,democratic,and
    free society. If we completely abolish the death penalty
    we lose the ability to apropriately punish people for heinous criminal activity. My sympathy and empathy is reserved for the Mcphail family.By the way pull up the
    entire court case and print it out(I did). Read through
    it. I am Not Troy Davis and I am glad the family of the slain officer finally have a chance at closure

    • http://FreakOutNation.com Anomaly100

      @sharon pendleton, Are you a Christian by any chance? Pro-Life?

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