Troy Anthony Davis was executed in the state of Georgia minutes ago. I wish I knew more about his case, but I don’t. I do know that there was sufficient doubt about his guilt to delay his execution until the U.S. Supreme Court denied his appeal.
What I know for certain is this: I truly don’t understand the morality of the death penalty.
I don’t see how taking someone’s life makes anything better. I don’t see how the execution of people by the state is justified at all. This is civilized?
Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends.
— J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring