originally by: Liberation
published: 13 April 2012
Death penalty cases show the reality of U.S. criminal ‘justice’
The story: A Black factory worker is charged with the 1989 murder of a white police officer in Georgia. Although no conclusive physical evidence ties him to the crime, he is convicted and sentenced to death. He continually proclaims his innocence.
Seven of nine witnesses recant their testimony, with several admitting they had been originally coerced by police. One of the other witnesses is considered a prime suspect.
The response: Progressive activists, well aware of the deeply entrenched racism in the U.S. “justice” system, are joined by people who are outraged to learn of the injustice. Demonstrations are held around the world, creating enough pressure to repeatedly delay his execution.
The case finally reaches the U.S. Supreme Court. Supporters hold vigils as the Black man, lying strapped to a gurney for hours, waits to learn his fate. All nine justices appointed to the Court by Democrats and Republicans alike choose not to intervene.
The White House issues a verdict of “no comment” and refuses to open a federal civil rights investigation that would have stayed his execution.