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Troy Davis should not be executed because there are to many questions concerning the integrity of the eyewitness identification of Mr. Davis as the perpetrator as well as the fact that there is another strong suspect that the police and prosecutors refused to consider seriously. Many studies have shown that eyewitness identifications are very faulty and generally the individuals making them identify the wrong people. If our justice system is built on the premise of punishing the guilty, then why not allow Mr. Davis to take a polygraph and at least know whether he killed the policeman or not. I am sympathtic toward Mr. MacPhail's family because they have suffered a terrible loss, but this won't bring the family member back and I certainly wouldn't want the death of an innocent individual on my hands.
The death penalty is vindication for sloppy police investigators and overzealous prosecutors.
A polygraph would prove nothing. They are not admissible in court for a very good reason.
What was sloppy about the investigation? i know that is easy to say and popular and all but really what was sloppy about it? There was direct evidence and for some reason everyone wants to ignore it. There were shell cases found on the scene. They matched cases from an earlier shooting that Davis DID do. Davis was there. Those witness statements matched the evidence at the scene. Later after they recanted (after testifying in court where any sensible person would recant)they gave statements that were in conflict with the evidence. I am not a great fan of the death penalty and do not want an innocent person executed but this guy was guilty. Protest the execution if you wish but not his guilt.