Sep 8, 2008
Stop The Death Penalty Now.
“An eye for an eye would make the whole world blind.”--Mahatma Gandhi On September 16th the state of Georgia intends to execute Jack Alderman, the longest-serving death row inmate in the United States. Mr. Alderman was convicted in the 1974 killing of his wife. Mr. Alderman had no record prior to this conviction and was convicted largely on the testimony of a mentally ill man, John Arthur Brown, who admits to being the killer, but claims Alderman was an accomplice. Mr. Brown was given leniency for his testimony and was released from prison after serving just twelve years, despite the fact that he had a long record of violence toward women. Brown committed suicide in 2000 while under investigation for child molestation. Jack Alderman, aged 57, has been on death row for 34 years and has been a model inmate during that time. I don't know whether or not he committed this crime, nor does it really matter at this point. How would justice be served by killing him now? Ironically, Jack Alderman is the only living person connected to this case. The sentencing judge, prosecutor, defense attorney and co-conspirator are all dead. Also on September 23rd Georgia intends to kill Troy Davis for the 1989 murder of a policeman in Savannah, Georgia. The case against Davis rests entirely upon the testimony of nine eyewitnesses, seven of whom have recanted their identification of Davis as the killer. Several of the eyewitnesses have filed affidavits stating that police investigators coerced their original testimonies. A murder that occurred 19-years ago, should not be avenged today on the testimony of people who no longer believe what they said they saw. The process of the State killing convicts is fraught with error and the death of one innocent man is a shame upon all of us. Surely, after all the exonerations that have come in the past few years, we should have lost confidence in our system to get it right all of the time. When it comes to the death penalty, getting it right every time should be the only standard. Things in this blog represented to be fact, may or may not actually be true. The writer is frequently wrong, sometimes just full of it, but always judgmental and cranky