The Troy Davis Case Gets Longer

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on August 18, 2009





The one thing PG is sure of in the Troy Davis case is the abundance of material on the internet. This is true of all death penalty cases. When you have celebrities calling for clemency, the data crush gets heavier.

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a district court needs to have a hearing on the Troy Davis case. The Supremes were convinced that there is enough evidence to doubt the conviction of Troy Davis for the murder of Mark MacPhail. Justices Scalia and Thomas dissented.

The dissenting opinion, written by Justice Scalia, is a doozy.
“This court has never held that the Constitution forbids the execution of a convicted defendant who had a full and fair trial but is later able to convince a habeas court that he is ‘actually’ innocent.”
It should be noted that PG is not a lawyer, and some of the arguments he is reading make his head swim. Some say that Justice Scalia was correct in his opinion. Others think he is crazy.

The one thing PG has not been able to find in his googling is a picture of Sylvester “Red” Coles. Mr. Coles is known to have been present at the murder site. Mr. Coles owns a .38 pistol with a chrome finish, similar to the pistol that shot Mr. MacPhail. On the morning after the murder, Mr. Coles and an attorney showed up at the Police Headquarters. Soon, a decision was made that Troy Davis was the killer.

The reason PG wants to see a picture of Sylvester Coles is to know, for sure, if he is black or white. Mr. Coles is described as a “a fearsome neighborhood thug ” and a drug dealer. If Troy Davis (black) takes the blame for killing Mark MacPhail ( white) and allows Sylvester Coles (?) to go free, is this racism? Perhaps it is sloppy policework, or a bribe from the Coles attorney.While we are talking race, please note that Clarence Thomas concurred with Antonin Scalia in his dissent.

There are some who don’t think the ruling yesterday will change much. The MacPhail family and the Chatham County police are convinced of the guilt of Mr. Davis. This case has been bouncing around the courts for twenty years, and several courts have upheld the original guilty verdict. PG would hope that at any hearing, these parties will present evidence to show why they have this opinion.






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  1. Anonymous said, on August 18, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Coles is black. Google “Redd Coles.” “Red” is a misspelling. [sic]

  2. chamblee54 said, on August 18, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Do verbal nicknames have a correct spelling? However, most sources do say “Redd” with two Ds, like Redd Foxx.
    PG still has not seen a picture of Mr. Coles. He was almost certain that Mr. Coles was black, but trying to be fair. This comment threaddoes state that Mr. Coles is black.
    There is still a bit of mystery why the police so eagerly believed what Mr. Coles and his attorney said. There seems to have been a decision made to focus on Mr. Davis. PG wonders if there is any secret evidence on Mr. Davis to make the police so certain of his guilt.

  3. Anonymous said, on August 18, 2009 at 6:09 pm

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  5. Roy Doremus said, on September 8, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    There is no doubt in my mind after reading how so many witnesses later testified, after they were no longer being intimidated and coerced by police interrogators, finally felt free to reverse their statements against Troy Davis. Everyone even at the time of the event and were present at the incident, declare Sylvester Coles had a gun, used it to whip and beat a man for his beer. It is a tragedy but reveals how corrupt police apparently only wanted to pin the murder on someone who appeared unable to defend himself. Evidently they never thought such attention would expose the case.

    It is an ugly sordid betrayal of the whole justice system where everyone, right up to two members of the Supreme Court, attempting to protect a pityful legal system. They blindly and righteously are pushing for the death of Troy Davis. They show no intelligence nor respect nor willing to express any common sense of justice and the simple dignity for the blatent truth. It is a pitiful shame. I am ashamed of the the whole legal process which is being revealed and publicly undermined.

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