Troy Davis was executed for a crime he may have committed. Georgia governor Nathan Deal is fine with it. The Supreme Court of the United States has enough precedent to mechanically allow it. He was, after all, convicted with due processes.
The complex gears and cogs in the American criminal justice machine, once again performed their duties flawlessly, exactly as they were designed to function. Lots of Americans are irate today, blaming everyone involved, while continuing to tolerate the process itself. It is OK to decide to kill a man, they tell us, just not this man. Like every other human ever executed, his crime may have had extenuating circumstances. His are, that he may have been innocent.
The jury always has reasonable doubt, if they are reasonable. They are not trained in the profession in which they are temporarily assigned, which becomes psychology, forensics, biology and medicine, chemistry, advanced investigation and law.
They are pretenders. Perhaps out of cognitive dissonance and humankind’s incessant need to claim ownership of the truth, they announce to the court that they have it all figured out and pronounce their victims “guilty as charged, with no legitimate excuse.” As with every other case when people form an opinion based on whatever evidence is available, accepting it as adequate in fear of saying “I cannot know” or “I am not sure,” they don’t know what they are talking about.
And now someone is dead. I hope the jury continues to enjoy that “right” feeling. It would be a shame for Mr. Davis to have died in vain.
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