The late night execution of death row inmate Troy Davis in Georgia is all over the news and Twitter today. The world press is making sure that everyone is well aware that the State of Georgia executed a man for which there is more than reasonable doubt that he did not commit the crime. It is one of those times that the media has got it right. The US judicial system failed Troy Davis, his family and the family of Mark MacPhail. Surely this should bring about the suspension of the death penalty in the remaining US states where it is still legal. What more proof do people need that the death penalty is faulty?
Forensic science is not infallible. Evidence get contaminated and people screw up. Witnesses misremember things or lie to protect their part in the crime. Police get overzealous and force false confessions from suspects. And even if everyone gets everything right and the suspect admits their guilt, an inhumane act should not be punished by another inhumane act.
What has happened to Troy Davis is unforgivable but the US has an opportunity to end the death penalty in their country for once and for all and to make sure that another innocent person, where too much doubt as to their guilt exists, is never put to death again.