Troy Davis Executed in Georgia

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A last minute appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was not enough to save Troy Davis. The Georgia inmate was executed for the murder of a Savannah police officer, despite serious doubts about the evidence against the 42-year-old. Davis's case gained the support of hundreds of thousands of followers, including former President Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former Republican presidential candidate Bob Barr, and celebrities like Sean Combs and Cee-Lo Green. 

Georgia Public Broadcasting Reporter Josephine Bennett was outside Jackson Prison, where Davis was executed. She discusses the night's drama.


Jeffrey Rosen

Produced by:

Joseph Capriglione and Jen Poyant

Comments [2]

Jane Krimby from Boston

The question shouldn't simply be, "What does this do to your opinion of the death penalty," but instead, "What does the globally-protested state execution of an innocent man do to your opinion of the adequacy of our opportunities for dissent in this democracy?"

Sep. 22 2011 06:36 AM
Elisabeth from New York City

This event did not change my views about the archaic barbarity of the death penalty, but it raised my hopes that finally, finally, maybe in a not too distant future something may happen in the awareness of a wider population and move the US away from this eye for an eye mentality.

Sep. 22 2011 06:32 AM

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