"This Court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who has had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is “actually” innocent."

- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, arguing in 2009 why Troy Davis’ execution should proceed immediately, without any further interference from the Supreme Court. Death panels in America are real. (via socialismartnature)

Scalia has continually shown his belief that courts are about procedure not about justice.  What is shameful is that he is not alone in doing this.  The US has and will continue to murder the innocent, the oppressed, the non-white.  And too many people are proud of that.

(via lucypaw)

Just to reiterate: one of the sitting justices of the highest court in this country, in theory the final place one may turn if all other avenues of justice have failed you, has outright said “We do not care about the actual innocence or guilt of the people we execute in this country.  Whether you are guilty or innocent, or whatever flaws there may have been with the original case and trial that condemned you, we don’t give a flying fuck: we will kill you anyway, and consider that justice.”

I don’t even know what can be said at this point.

(via jadelyn)

I looked up the definition of habeas court while I was trying to formulate a response to this statement….. 

I think Scalia is a fucking douche.
Either that or he’s misusing the term “habeas court”.

Habeas court is a specific justicial branch which addresses the rights of habeas corpus.
“The basic premise behind habeas corpus is that you cannot be held against your will without just cause.”

Scalia is saying that being convicted is “just cause” to not only hold a man against his will, but also take his life, even if you’re innocent.

The right to Habeas Corpus is guaranteed by the USA Government and has been since it was first written.

Scalia is a constitutional originalist.
“In the context of United States constitutional interpretation, originalism is a principle of interpretation that tries to discover the original meaning or intent of the constitution. It is based on the principle that the judiciary is not supposed to create, amend or repeal laws (which is the realm of the legislative branch) but only to uphold them.” 

In other words, he’s decided to interpret Habeas Corpus as something that does not require him to listen to the Habeas Court and stay the execution of a man which the Habeas Court considers innocent, but to hold to what is then considered an unjust sentence.

….. I don’t even have words for how utterly horrifying that looks to me.

(via miniar)

Scalia claims to be a constitutional originalist but like many such people who claim that label what that means in reality is ‘What I Think The Constitution Should Mean Is What It Means’.

(Source: thinkprogress.org, via miniar)

"This Court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who has had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is “actually” innocent."

- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, arguing in 2009 why Troy Davis’ execution should proceed immediately, without any further interference from the Supreme Court. Death panels in America are real. (via socialismartnature)

Scalia has continually shown his belief that courts are about procedure not about justice.  What is shameful is that he is not alone in doing this.  The US has and will continue to murder the innocent, the oppressed, the non-white.  And too many people are proud of that.

(via lucypaw)

Just to reiterate: one of the sitting justices of the highest court in this country, in theory the final place one may turn if all other avenues of justice have failed you, has outright said “We do not care about the actual innocence or guilt of the people we execute in this country.  Whether you are guilty or innocent, or whatever flaws there may have been with the original case and trial that condemned you, we don’t give a flying fuck: we will kill you anyway, and consider that justice.”

I don’t even know what can be said at this point.

(via jadelyn)

(Source: thinkprogress.org, via jadelyn)

goodreasonnews:

socialistexan:

The 15 most disgusting Twitter responses to Troy Davis’ Murder. (via BuzzFeed)

Lots of News Corp. on there and a former congressman (last 5 presented with quote because Tumblr only allows 10 photos in a set apparently)

1. New York Post (Owned by Rupert Murdoch)

2 & 3. Ann Coulter (Gets paid by News Corp.)

4. “Pussy and Heroin” (They seem very proud to be on this list) Their Tumblr

5. Vlad Radunsky

6. Anthony Cumia from the Opie and Anthony show

7. Tammy Bruce (Gets paid by News Corp.)

8. Anthony Bialy

9. “JimmiebjrHis website

10. Frank Fleming

11. Tabin

“Women are killed for breaking religious laws that I am told to “coexist” with & people are going crazy abt a convicted cop-killer? #huh?

12. Neal Boortz

“Is Troy Davis dead yet? Can we speed this thing up? I have a drink ready to toast this cop killer gonig charlie tango”

13. Jake Bradford

“Will there ever be a trending RIP for a white cop-killer death row inmate? Maybe the 5th of never……..”

14. Tea Party Organizer Maggie Acerra

“The people so anxious to return this sociopathic cop-killer to the streets don’t live in his neighborhood”

15. White Supremacist David Duke

“Am I the only one who thinks even if Troy Davis wasn’t guilty of this crime he was probably guilty of another? So good riddance!”

The kinds of people who support the death penalty: Bigots, opportunists, ignoramuses.

(via bohemianarthouse)

"This Court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who has had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is “actually” innocent."

- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, arguing in 2009 why Troy Davis’ execution should proceed immediately, without any further interference from the Supreme Court. Death panels in America are real. (via socialismartnature)

Scalia has continually shown his belief that courts are about procedure not about justice.  What is shameful is that he is not alone in doing this.  The US has and will continue to murder the innocent, the oppressed, the non-white.  And too many people are proud of that.

(Source: thinkprogress.org, via socialismartnature)

So Casey Anthony is free and Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed? And they want to tell me to “get over” what my people went (and still) go through? They want to tell me this is a “post-racial America”? My president is called “liar” and “tar baby” and is the only Commander in chief to be referred to as “Mr.___” as opposed to PRESIDENT ____ and I’m supposed to believe things have changed? FOH. -__-

bemorefoxxi:

Then, once confronted with the fact that we KNOW what it is we’re looking at, I love how the tables have and white folk have the nerve to play the victim (ahem…Republicans…Westboro Baptist Church…TeaParty). To even utter “reverse racism” to a person of color is foolish and insulting. The oppressed should what? LOVE their oppressor? Kiss your ass with your boot on our necks? FOH. Systemic racism is alive and well. The fact that at work, if I, as a black woman, have an attitude I’m “intimidating” or a stereotypical “angry black bitch” but if my white counterparts do the same, talk to people with NO respect, raise their voices or have an attitude they’re “just stressed”. John MacEnroe can curse officials out in tennis and throw rackets at people, but Serena is fined and considered “dangerous and belligerent” for speaking out of turn. Ben Rapelisburger can sexually assault two women with NO consequence, but Plaxico goes to jail for shooting himself and Mike Vick still can’t do an interview without them mentioning a damn dog. Casey Anthony gets off for killing her child for lack of evidence and Troy Davis is condemned to death with NO evidence (7 of 9 witnesses recanted and claimed police coersion). It’s factual information. It’s not pretty. It’s not flattering. It’s the truth. Amazing how they can deny what we’re looking at is what it is and tell us we’re “too sensitive”, that we shouldn’t “play the race card”, that I should swallow the injustice I witness. It’s RACISm. It’s white social (and legal) superiority and Anglo patriarchy in action. It’s alive and well and terrorizing people of color the world over. Ask Troy Davis. Ask civilian Iraqis. Ask American Black men. Ask the Native Americans. Ask East Indians. Ask Southeast Asians…shall I go on?…

(via numol)

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numol:

redlightpolitics:

Just saw this on Twitter regarding Troy Davis. Apparently, the District Attorney’s and the Review of Paroles’ phone numbers are no longer working. Instead, people calling to request clemency are advised to contact (404) 656-5651 and press 5 in the first and second menus.

please do this if you can.

also: http://no-longer-solo.tumblr.com/post/10482682764

(another list of actions/petitions/calls/faxes/emails to stop his execution)

[image above: tweet from @BigBoi: “(404) 656 5651 is the ONLY # to call right now! Press 5 in the 1st and 2nd menus.  They are counting the # of calls! #TroyDavis”.]

numol:

Please Click—Do Everything You Can to Protest the Legal Murder of Troy Davis

please do any of these that you have the ability to do.  and please pass this around if you can.  thank you.

megamagnet:

Phone and fax numbers for the Parole Board, District Attorney, Judge, and Governor.

Trust me, you have time to make a phone call. This is so unbelievably wrong.

If you haven’t read anything about it, Here is an excerpt from Amnesty International’s US blog about why there is way too much doubt to justify executing this man (I mean… I don’t even believe in capital punishment in the first place, but even if I did, this would still be an egregious failure of justice):

The case against him consisted entirely of witness testimony which contained inconsistencies even at the time of the trial. Since then, all but two of the state’s non-police witnesses from the trial have recanted or contradicted their testimony.

Many of these witnesses have stated in sworn affidavits that they were pressured or coerced by police into testifying or signing statements against Troy Davis.

One of the two witnesses who has not recanted his testimony is Sylvester “Red” Coles — the principle alternative suspect, according to the defense, against whom there is new evidence implicating him as the gunman. Nine individuals have signed affidavits implicating Sylvester Coles.”

Judge Penny Freesemann’s email is pfreesemann@chathamcounty.org

online free faxing websites (up to 2 faxes a day for free):

also:

http://www.innocenceproject.org/Content/Stop_the_Execution_of_Troy_Davis.php

link to list of other petitions

https://secure.aclu.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=3080&s_subsrc=110411_troy_davis_bor

http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/keepfighting?referring_akid=2230.1128093.qvVGNe&source=taf

http://action.amnesty.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1194&ea.campaign.id=12137

[…]

http://action.naacp.org/page/s/petition-larry-chisolm

http://www.change.org/petitions/chatham-county-district-attorney-request-that-troy-davis-death-warrant-be-withdrawn

link to previous list

link to another list of people to contact to stop Troy Davis’s execution

http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=6oJCLQPAJiJUG&b=6645049&aid=516533

NOTE: Due to high volume of supporters, please keep trying to sign this petition if your initial attempt does not succeed. Or try contacting the Chatham County’s District Attorney’s office by phone/fax: Telephone: 912-652-7308 Fax: 912-652-7328.

ofwgblake:

If you want help save an innocent man’s life then sign the petition by texting “TROY” to 30644

events:

smallrevolutionary:

TroyDavis rally at the prison in Jackson, GA at 4pm. If you’re in the area, be there on the grounds

butshedontdance:

[…]

If you will be in the Washington D.C. area tomorrow join Howard University and the local NAACP chapter as they march to the White House on behalf of TROY DAVIS.

Sign a PETITION! or THIS one! Do SOMETHING! 9/22 - Howard University - Main Campus - Flagpole - NOON!

socialismartnature:

THE STATE of Georgia is planning the murder of an innocent man at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21.

For nearly two decades, Troy Anthony Davis has been trying to prove that he was the victim of a terrible injustice—convicted and sent to death row for a crime he did not commit.

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have heard his voice and showed their support for him. Even figures at the center of the U.S. political and criminal justice establishment, such as former FBI Director William Sessions, have said that Troy should not be executed.

But within the system of so-called justice in this country, he has been betrayed time and time again. On Tuesday, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles announced that it, too, would turn its back on Troy’s plea for clemency, and prison officials began preparing in earnest for a state-sponsored killing.

If Troy Davis is put to death as planned tonight, it will expose the truth, and not for the first time, about the American injustice system and the whole state apparatus that supports it—its obscene use of violence, its racism and discrimination, its lack of democracy and contempt for human rights.

This is the ugly truth about the justice system in this country—it isn’t about justice at all. It is a tool of social and political repression, used almost entirely against the working class and the poor. Yet the most terrible crimes in society—from imperialist wars launched on the basis of lies to the looting of the economy by the bankers—aren’t even illegal.

Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed today to satisfy police and prosecutors who were determined to find a Black man to accuse, regardless of the evidence of his innocence. By the same token, the hundreds of thousands of men and women—overwhelmingly Black or Latino—who languish in prison for nonviolent drug offenses are there to bolster the law-and-order credentials of politicians and to serve as scapegoats to deflect attention from pressing social problems.

Such injustices are ever more glaring in U.S. society and the source of increasing discontent—expressed both in determined shows of support for victims of the system like Troy, and also in displays of anger bursting out with atrocities like the one the state of Georgia is planning today.

That anger is entirely justified. And it must be turned into action—into a struggle that challenges racism and discrimination against the poor, that abolishes the barbaric capital punishment system, and that confronts a prison system filled to the bursting point with the poor and working class, especially minorities.

At the heart of that anger lie deeper questions, too: What kind of system would carry out the murder of a man whose conviction had everything to do with the color of his skin? What kind of system would resist his every attempt to show he was innocent? What kind of system would ignore masses of people in the U.S. and around the world who want Troy Davis to be saved from death?

It is a system that must be changed.

Those who take a stand for Troy Davis today need to be a part of making that wider change—and establishing a different kind of society that never again tolerates the injustices that Troy has suffered, nor the racism and bigotry that drives the execution machine.

Our calls to save Troy Davis’ life today must become part of a wider movement to create a society built on justice, solidarity and freedom.

numol:

a similar petition from the NAACP.  please sign and pass it around if you can:

We’ve received terrible news: Troy Davis’s clemency was denied by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, and he is set to be executed on Wednesday, September 21st at 7 PM.

But now is not the time to give up hope. Chatham County District Attorney Larry Chisolm is the man who requested the death warrant against Troy Davis, and he is in a unique position to petition the judge to withdraw the death warrant against Troy.
[READ MORE AND SIGN PETITION]

socialismartnature:




Friday, September 16 · 5:00pm - 7:30pm



DUDLEY SQUARE bus depot, ROXBURY




The State of Georgia is attempting to execute an innocent man—again.

The case against Troy Davis is built on sand. Troy’s case has long stood as one of the worst examples of the bias and flaws inherent in the death penalty system. He was convicted of murdering off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail in 1989, but there has long been compelling evidence of his innocence. Even so, Georgia officials are pushing to kill Troy—and have scheduled his execution for 7 p.m. on September 21. He was convicted largely based on the testimony of eyewitnesses, but seven of the nine witnesses who testified against Troy at his original trial have since recanted, with several saying they were coerced by police into falsely identifying Troy as the man who shot MacPhail.


RALLY and SPEAK OUT to stop the execution of Troy Davis! Join an international day of action!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 5PM

DUDLEY SQUARE bus depot, ROXBURY


Call 617-902-0476 for more information or to co-sponsor the rally!




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