They just executed Troy Davis. A man accused and found guilty many years ago of killing a policeman, but whose guilt it seemed almost everyone in the world had come to doubt except for the policeman's family, the Georgia state prison board and the prosecutor.
But many former guards and even a former warden of the prison where Davis was executed petitioned the government not to go through with it. Not just because of the doubts about Davis's guilt, but because of the impact executing a possibly innocent man will have on the psyches of the prison guards who took part in any way in the execution, and even those who didn't but knew him.
There are doubts because no murder weapon was ever found. There was no DNA evidence. There were nine witnesses, but seven of them later said they'd been pressured by the police to name Davis as the murderer and have recanted their testimony.
Of the two other witnesses, one is the man many believe actually committed the murder and the other identified Davis from one hundred and twenty feet away in the dark, and Davis is a dark skinned man, as were others on the scene.
It is barbaric, to say the least. There have now been several people executed in recent years whose guilt was in doubt. Though not to the governors who backed the executions—including Bush Junior and Rick Perry among them. And many of the rightwingers who back these executions, including tonight's, call themselves "Christians" though this kind of primitive so-called "justice" is totally an Old Testament tradition but goes against everything Jesus stood for in the New Testament their faith is supposedly based upon.
Sometimes it's embarrassing to be a citizen of such a backward country. Tonight's one of those times.