Bob Barr: Witnesses recanting should have stopped Troy Davis execution

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 21:24 EDT
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Former lawyer, Republican congressman and libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr said the fact that the vast majority of the witnesses had recanted in the Troy Davis case should have implored the Board of Pardons and Paroles to stop the execution.

“There has been very substantial evidence of innocent that has been raised in this case, and I don’t think that it is morally or legally correct for the state of Georgia to execute a man against whom there is very substantial evidence of innocence,” he said Wednesday on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews.

Davis, 42, was convicted of murdering Georgia police officer Mark MacPhail in 1989. Since his conviction, seven of the nine people who testified against him have recanted or changed their testimonies.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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