It Scares Me that Troy Davis is Off the Front Page of PhillyIMC
The Supreme Court, October 29, is bent on letting an innocent man die. Oct 29 to Nov 4 may very well be the blame game with some screaming why didn't Obama do something and McCain in TV ads agreeing while proclaiming that McCain is firmly in support of Capital Punishment.
The Supreme Court stayed an execution for only 3 weeks. Fast for Supreme Court standards and didn't offer an expiration, not the usual procedure. If stirring up race as an election issue was the courts intent, it is reminiscent of the for politically purposes trial of the Rosenbergs for supposedly giving the bomb to the USSR, even though months before the government grilled George Koval's acquaintances, ordering those they grilled not to talk to anyone. This may be another politicalization of the court that decided Bush would be President in an election ballot counting dispute, see
If you don't click on this link note that for some weird reason George Koval is not cross-referenced with the Rosenberg's in Wikipedia.
I once knew an old lady neighbor Gene Francis, who back then was a garment worker, and proud of the radical union she belonged. She was upset that all her other progressive friends were ignoring the arrest of Julius Rosenberg, and saw in her eyes that the vague evidence the government was presenting could convict any of them. We now know that Stalin ordered the US Communist party to ignore the arrests, of unimportant Communists, and the Communist Party back then was in the leadership of the progressive movement more than many of today's radicals admit. Today every astute and savvy progressive, who doesn't get involved in trying to stop an innocent man from being executed in order to discourage race from being an issue in the Presidential campaign, is partly responsible if Troy Davis dies.
Unfortunately I can't say that every astute Death Penalty advocate is trying to commit murder, because in some of their minds all three people who were trying to steal beer from a homeless man, should be punished when a police officer tried to stop them. The two kids punished to the fullest extent of the law and the adult, an athletic coach no less deserved to be punished. I wonder, however, why they are not concerned for the murdering hoodlum to get exonerated for framing the kid's adult friend. Though false evidence spread just because a man, in their eyes, deserves to die doesn't bother them. PS some bloggers claim that Troy as well as the Burger King guard and off duty police officer was trying to stop the kids. This is less likely since he left the scene, instead of staying to help. But with the way the evidence such as fingerprints weren't officially present, there should be doubt in this direction as well.
Ominously, the world is looking at this charade as much as the spitting and cursing of Saddam before he was hung. A politically charged and effecting execution in the US could weaken international standard, making more executions in China, more women executed for visiting boyfriends in Saudi Arabia, and more danger of the political opponents being executed in places like Zambia.
All this is perfect timing for McCain unless people like the Pope and Bob Bar get in front of the TV screen.
Americans who support Capitol Punishment like to quote an eye for an eye, but actually US justice is straining toward Chinese and Saudi justice. Some clamoring for the execution of child molesters where the little victim is left bleeding and bruised, and for executing big time drug dealers. Some clamoring to put and end probation and parole, and spread Three Strikes and You're Out laws. If this execution goes through it will be bad news for even new Christian in Afghanistan, and make the wall between gang retribution and vigilante justice, and official trails, far thinner much like the Saddam trial.
Can all of us, who think the world might be slightly better with Obama in charge of the country than McCain, do anything other than play out our part of the Greek Tragedy for the country? It seems to me we would be in a hopeless corner except for one important detail.
There is something very special about Troy Davis's most vocal supporter, who can be called anything but a bleeding heart liberal, or a black militant. Bob Barr a fellow Georgian well-known in Georgia, was once the most hardened opponent of medical marijuana. Though he changed his mind about that issue. He also changed his mind about being a Republican and is now a top Libertarian, and may get a rememberable percentage of the Presidential vote, conceivably but not likely out poll McCain in both Texan and Georgia, though a few Texas Obama supporters are urging Barr to be voted for as more likely to beat McCain in Texas. However, progressive libertarians were upset that an abortion hating Bible thumper got the top vote to head the Libertarian Presidential ticket. Some abortion haters accuse him of doing this just because he hates what McCain stands for. To the extent Bob Barr is at the head of any protest marches instead of Black Activists in front, or Bleeding Hearts, might the extent that a few more Americans don't suddenly start to become more worried about electing a black man to be President. If someone screams at Obama what are you going to do about Troy Davis, Obama could change it to a win-win situation by praising Bob Barr, including unfortunately praising Bob Barr if Troy dies right before election day. Since Obama haters condemned his for being Rev. Wright's friend, then condemned him for criticizing Wright, a McCain ad might on Nov 2, condemn Obama for not coming out in Davis's defense while stating how strongly McCain supports the death penalty. Praising Bob Barr is the way for Obama supporters to go.
In 1989, 16-year-old Silverter Cole and his lawyer came to the police station the next day after Marc McPhail who was too nice to shoot a drunk who was pointing a gun in his direction because he didn't really believe his life was in danger, lost his life. Everyone should take a moment to honor a really decent human being Marc McPhail.
Silverter Cole claimed Troy did it, and somehow the police claimed no fingerprints or any other physical evidence and ignored that people had seen Silvester Cole with the kind of gun that shot officer McPail. There were several other cases where the police and prosecutor wanted to punish an adult not a child for a crime. Here in Pennsylvania, 14-year-old Ronald Brickly at times under police interrogation confessed to murdering a delivery man. But the police wanted to punish Kevin Brickley because they could pretend a 15-year-old was an adult, for the purpose of a life imprisonment sentence, though not for purposes of a death sentence. Now years later Ronald is begging to be punished and new witnesses claim he did it just like in Troy Davis's case. If Troy Davis dies, capital punishment opponents should honor Troy Davis's memory by wrapping our lives around the Kevin Brinkley case. The Supreme Court seems to only want to open up cases because of new evidence only when a perfect stranger is being accused, not when the wrong relative or gang member was blamed. In Texas after a lawyer's client had died, that lawyer came forward and told the court that the dead man's brother on death-row had nothing to do with the murder and knew nothing about it. The Supreme Court said the new evidence was incredible and let the execution stand. I wonder if in a hypothetical case, one man was convicted of kidnapping rape and murder and another of just kidnapping, and the man accused was murder was able to prove he ran away and pissed where he said he did, when his DNA from urine was found under the flooring of a being torn down building, whether the Supreme Court would suddenly call new DNA evidence "incredible" as well. Outside of Europe the world may be slipping toward the kind of justice that Saddam experienced.
I have a fantasy. Instead of possibly black activists arrested for blocking traffic, or sitting down in an entrance, I hope Bob Barr considers trying to talk the doctor who is supposed to give the fatal poison in the last moment to refuse than the next doctor far more effectively stopping an execution than if people were praying in front of the prison. Then Bob Barr get arrested for sabotaging justice. In Chicago a sheriff is refusing to evict renters who paid up their rent just because their landlord didn't keep up the mortgage payments and is facing a charge of theft for not doing his job. So civil disobedience doesn't have to mean blocking traffic. There is more possibility than in any case since Biblical times that persons assigned to an execution won't carry out their job. So instead of a 42-year-old mother on estrogen pretending to be noble, almost Christ-like, by not using a condom with her husband, a 60-year-old politician will actually act Christ-like by stopping a lawful execution the way Christ did.
By Richard Kane (RichardKanePA) http://www.capitolhillblue.com/cont/blog/2419