The Saga of Troy Davis does not end here, despite Judge William T. Moore Jr. issuing a 172 page order yesterday indicating that Davis was not innocent.
For those of you out of the loop, this case has been everywhere. Davis was originally convicted for a 1989 killing of a police officer and put on death row in the early 1990s. Since that time this case has been appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court, the US Supreme Court, France has had their say in the matter, and now that the case has been sent down to a Federal Judge again – is it finally over?
Of course not. This is a death penalty case, the case will never end. And long after Davis is either set free or executed, his case will live on as a cause. His sister will certainly appeal this ruling with the aid of interested third party groups. At issue now are the testimonies of a number of witnesses who have since recanted their statements in favor of the Davis. But according to Judge Moore, the reasonable, prudent, average juror would not view these recantations as overturning the prior conviction – and thus Davis remains guilty.
I’m all for law and order. But I have to wonder how much we are spending on this saga of appeals.