Thursday, March 21, 2013

Davis/MacPhail Truth Committee Congratulates Maryland

Today is the 18-month anniversary of the execution of Troy Davis. The Davis/MacPhail Truth Committee honors Troy Davis's final request to "continue to fight this fight" to clear his name and end the death penalty. Congratulations, Maryland, for repealing capital punishment! The Washington Post reports:

"The 82 to 56 vote in the House of Delegates, which followed two hours of debate, reflected a growing unease among lawmakers in Maryland and across the country that the risk of putting an innocent person to death remains too great with the death penalty in place."

Hundreds of condemned men were exonerated after wrongful convictions by post-conviction evidence and DNA test results, thanks to work by organizations like the Innocence Project and Amnesty International. However, it was probably the wrongful execution of potentially innocent men like Troy Anthony Davis that had the greatest impact. Troy Davis was killed by the State of Georgia on September 21, 2011, with his guilt unproved. See a video about the Troy Davis execution at YouTube link See the video embedded below.

Maryland joins 17 states in terminating capital punishment. Bills have been introduced in other states to also free taxpayers of the expense and moral sin of potentially shedding innocent blood.

Mary Neal, director, Davis/MacPhail Truth Committee

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