As many as 663,000 people have signed their name to a petition saying convicted killer Troy Davis should be freed because they believe he is innocent. The mother of the slain Savannah Police Officer Mark MacPhail killed by the convicted criminal steadfastly believes the court of law in America made the right decision when they found Troy Davis guilty of murder.
So who’s the victim in this case? And will Troy Davis’ execution be stayed yet again due to public opinion?
Will justice finally be served and the execution of a convicted murderer move forward, silencing the dissent that has swirled around this case since Savannah Police Officer MacPhail was gunned down in 1989?
Officer Mark MacPhail died that fateful day in 1989, leaving behind a widow and two small children. His mother longs for an end to the decades-long ordeal but has never wavered in her conviction the right man was found guilty.
CNN reported that Mark MacPhail’s mother Anneliese isn’t “out after blood.” Instead, the mother who has yet to see her son’s murderer be executed for his crime says, “I’m after justice.”
It isn’t uncommon for criminals to claim to be innocent and even for some in the public to believe them. It isn’t even uncommon for citizens to petition the halls of justice for the release of offenders, especially when witnesses in the case recant their testimony years later.
Troy Davis and the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles
But an unbiased Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has already reviewed all the details of the case previously, during the last attempt to exonerate Troy Davis and to see his execution halted. They undertook a new and extensive look at every aspect of the case, seeking any reason to find for the defendant instead of his victim. But they couldn’t as the evidence did not support an acquital.
Now, on the taxpayers dime, the Board is being asked to yet again take another look and decide a different verdict, without any new evidence surfacing to warrant it, essentially.
Deceased officer Mark MacPhail’s widow, mother and children remain in limbo emotionally until this case can be decided once and for all. No new evidence has been found to exonerate Troy Davis for his crime, despite the fact that some witnesses have since recanted statements.
In fact, Davis was tied to the murder of Officer MacPhail due to altercations he had with another person while using the same weapon in which spent cartridges from both crimes matched, according to CNN. That’s physical evidence, which surpasses any witness accounts given.
Vigilanty justice from another angle?
Should one convict be allowed to thwart justice for so long and at a great cost to society as well as the victim’s family? Should so many citizens continue to seek to make the judicial system in Georgia (or anywhere else) give them the verdict they want, turning a blind eye to true justice and evidence — just because a large group gets together to support dissent?