The Supreme Court just issued their decision in the case of Troy Anthony Davis, convicted cop killer who was found guilty in 1989. In a slap in the face to every law abiding citizen and police officers everywhere, they voted 3-2 to have a federal judge in GA review the case to see if a new trial is warranted.
I haven't had a chance to review the decision yet as I am still having dry heaves at this travesty of justice. I am disgusted beyond words and will have a LOT more to say later.
UPDATE: 8/17/09 1900
Have had a chance to look over the written opinions from the Supreme Court. Stevens, Bryer & Ginsberg wrote the majority opinion while Scalia and Thomas wrote the dissenting one. Here's a summary of the opinions per the Atlanta Journal Constitution...
• Justice John Paul Stevens, joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer: “The substantial risk of putting an innocent man to death clearly provides an adequate justification for holding an evidentiary hearing. ... Imagine a petitioner in Davis’ situation who possesses new evidence conclusively and definitively proving, beyond any scintilla of doubt, that he is an innocent man. The dissent’s reasoning would allow such a petitioner to be put to death nonetheless.”
• Justice Antonin Scalia, joined by Justice Clarence Thomas: “The court proceeds down this path even though every judicial and executive body that has examined petitioner’s stale claim of innocence has been unpersuaded, and (to make matters worse) even though it would be impossible for the District Court to grant relief. ... Today, without explanation and without any meaningful guidance, this court sends the District Court for the Southern District of Georgia on a fool’s errand.”
What's so scary about this decision is this is the FIRST TIME IN 50 YEARS that the Supreme Court has sent a state prisoner's case back to district court. I'm afraid that the SCOTUS is attempting to set another precedent.
Of Course we've got the NAACP and Amnesty International doing their little happy dances right now. Their blitz propaganda campaign worked for now. I wonder how they would be feeling if Davis was a white man and MacPhail was a black man? Do you think they would have taken this case to this extreme? What was I thinking - of course they would not have done all this...
The true precedent here is that a cop killer can cry racism and after 15 years start flinging recantations (which btw were not recantations - simply just "I don't remember now" claims), get the NAACP and Rev Al involved and the courts will simply bend over for you.
Scary damn thought but no more scary than the direction this country is headed.
If you have a moment, pop over to Anderson Cooper's little blog and let him know the truth about this damned case. I swear I'm going to barf all over my keyboard if I read one more thing about witness recantations and no evidence against Davis.
If you want more info on this case, type in Troy Anthony Davis in the search box. Lots of links to actual documents - not just AI's opinion...