And cases like Troy Davis' are the reason I do not support the death penalty.
People may think what they will of me for holding high value on human life. Heck, even if I take that aspect of it out of the equation, I don't even mind debating the financial costs and showing statistics about the ineffectiveness of the death penalty on crime to prove that the possible death of criminals does nothing but hamper us as a society attempting to move forward.
But I certainly hope that no matter what their position on the issue of the death penalty, people at least acknowledge: this should never have happened.
Because of our broken justice system, a man who was almost certainly innocent in the light of recent events was executed.
Our courts failed him in his time of need repeatedly over the decades. And we need to work to make sure this never happens again.
Good-bye, Troy Davis. I only pray you have found peace, and that your story and end brings about some positive change.
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