I’m sure most of you have heard about the execution of Troy Davis. It’s a terribly sad and disturbing case, and I understand why it has caused international outrage.
I’m not against the death penalty in general. I believe that if the crime is heinous enough, and the evidence clear enough, it is justified. But in this case, the latter condition was not satisfied.
It’s baffling to me how this could ever have gone through. If Davis did not commit the atrocious crime, then this outcome means, among other things, that a guilty man walks free. I don’t see how anybody could have supported this action. It’s not at all a question of being “tough on crime”, it’s a question of whether our justice system functions properly.
P.S. The title of this post is in quotes, because I’m pretty certain I’ve read or heard it somewhere. However, I cannot recall the source, and searching did not yield the answer. If anyone knows, please tell me in the comments and I will add a citation.