The issue isn't just that he was a "cop killer" though but that he both shot someone else in the jaw and assaulted a homeless person that night before having killed the police officer. At least ostensibly that's what the complete charges were. The death of the cop was the big crime that did put him on death row, but there were other things too. Lacking full information, I'm not sure if that was the only factor that led to the death sentencing.
It should still be noted that as the person who was killed was a police officer, and the suspect was black, and we're talking about the state of Georgia, there's a lot of sketchy connections here.
“Conservatism is the blind and fear-filled worship of dead radicals” - Mark Twain
Modern society is a place where the punishment meted out is inversely proportionate to the damage done to society. Petty criminals go to jail for years, while those guilty of parasitism on the working class go unpunished, or are even congratulated.
I do not live in the United States and so am unaware of the real story. From what I understand this man was executed without proper evidence and after many of the original witnesses recanted.
I know nothing of his innocence or his guilt, however I think it was a massive injustice to sentence a man to death without proper and solid evidence. Under no circumstances is this justified or acceptable in civilised society.
Happiness is in your ability to love others. - Leo Tolstoy
The other part of the equation is that the state of Georgia would have had to not only release this man, but also apologize for their wrongdoing and make some kind of token restitution. This would have embarrassed certain parties, and resulted in job loss for still other parties. In the end, it's always easier to bite the bullet and hide behind "the letter of the law".
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