Seriously, believe it or not that is the question. Can procedural rules prevent a potential innocence claim?
Our system owes Troy Davis another day in court
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
William Sessions was a former district court judge, and served as FBI director from 1987 to 1993. No soft on crime liberal.
It is wrong to execute an innocent man. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit will now consider whether it is constitutional. Troy Anthony Davis, convicted of murder, is asking the courts to hear evidence that key government witnesses have repudiated their testimony against him. But so far the courts have decided that, while he may be innocent, procedural rules prevent them from taking a second look. [...]
Davis is not asking the court to set him free. He is asking for the court’s permission to give his innocence claims the full hearing they deserve. Our justice system should punish the guilty, free the innocent and have the wisdom to know the difference. I hope the 11th Circuit will give Davis his day in court.