Friday, September 7, 2012

Proud Teacher Moment: Student Publishes Opinion Piece in The Huffington Post

One of my students published this opinion piece, timed to the one-year anniversary of the execution of Troy Davis in Georgia.  In the Introduction to Law class, we discussed many topics, including the criminal justice systems in the U.S. and Italy.

Troy Davis Would be Alive and Possibly Free Today if Re-Tried like Amanda Knox in Italy
by Samaria Smith

As I recall the minutes after his death, I think of the rage in my heart as I desperately sought understanding on how any system of justice could presume to be so perfect as to take a life for a life. Several months later, I carried my rage to Florence, Italy where I studied abroad in a Georgia State University law class, which compared the U.S. and Italian justice systems.

In Italy, I wrote about the case of Troy Davis -- the black Georgia man convicted of the 1989 shooting death of police officer Mark MacPhail. Simply stated, Davis's conviction, sentence, and lethal injection were administered under a reasonable amount of reasonable doubt.


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  2. 9) "Troy Davis & The Innocent Frauds of the anti death penalty lobby",

    The false innocence claims by anti death penalty activists are both blatant and legendary (1).

    Some examples:

    4) "The Innocent Executed: Deception & Death Penalty Opponents"

    5) The 130 (now 140) death row "innocents" scam

    6) "Exoneration Inflation: Justice Scalia’s Concurrence in Kansas v. March", by Ward Campbell, Supervising Deputy Attorney General, California Department of Justice, p 49, The Journal of the Institute for the Advancement of Criminal Justice, Issue 2, Summer 2008

    7) "The innocence tactic: Unreliable studies and disinformation", reports By United States Congress, Senate, 107th Congress, 2d Session, Calender no 731, Report 107-315. The Innocence Protection Act of 2002, (iv) The innocence tactic: Unreliable studies and disinformation, p 65-69

    8) "The Innocent and the Shammed", Joshua Marquis, Published in New York Times, 1/26/2006

    10) "The Myth Of Innocence"­, Joshua Marquis, pu­blished in the Journal of Criminal Law & Criminolog­y - 3/31/2005, Northweste­rn University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois

    11) Sister Helen Prejean & the death penalty: A Critical Review"

    12) "At the Death House Door" Can Rev. Carroll Pickett be trusted?"

    13) "Cameron Todd Willingham: Another Media Meltdown", A Collection of Articles


    1) From: "The Death Penalty: Saving More Innocent Lives"

    Also review:

    Innocents More At Risk Without Death Penalty

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