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By Spencer Lawton:
As the lead prosecutor in the trial of Troy Davis, I can say that the case has been badly mismanaged by one of our most important institutions, one impressed with a profound public trust. And while the criminal justice system isn’t irretrievably broken, it is very badly damaged. People are right to wonder how the system could put to death a man with so much doubt remaining. How is this to be explained?
There are two Troy Davis cases. Davis I was decided on the facts in courts of law, where he was fairly convicted and sentenced, and his appeals were denied.
Davis II is still under way as a public relations campaign where his innocence is proclaimed on the strength of a doubt that is manufactured and false, the overarching purpose being to defeat the death penalty …