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Hundreds attend funeral of executed Georgia inmate Troy Davis

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WASHINGTON — Mourners gathered in Georgia on Saturday for the funeral of murder convict Troy Davis, saying his execution last month serves as a rallying cry for the movement to end capital punishment.

Hundreds of people packed the Jonesville Baptist Church in the southern city of Savannah, where many wore blue T-shirts reading “I am Troy Davis.”

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Davis — a 42-year-old African-American convicted of killing a white off-duty police officer in 1989 — went to his death on September 21 proclaiming his innocence, in the most high-profile US execution in a decade.

Activists and Davis supporters highlighted considerable doubt about his 1991 murder conviction, but an international campaign to spare his life fell short, prompting an outcry from the European Union and elsewhere.

Facing a flower-draped coffin and surrounded by pictures of Davis, several speakers took to the floor to call for an abolition of the death penalty.

“There is no doubt in my mind that Georgia, the state of Georgia, murdered an innocent man,” said Edward DuBose, president of the Georgia chapter of the civil rights group National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

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“After we grieve, we need to move to action,” he said.

“You need to fight for every prisoner that is on death row in this country, that’s what Troy wanted us to know.”

Amnesty International USA executive director Larry Cox hailed the worldwide support for Davis’ cause, adding it was a “chilling violation of human rights by the government to deliberately kill a prisoner.”

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“This was called justice. When other people in other places are forced to wait and watch while others prepare to kill them it has another name. It is called torture,” Cox told the congregation.

“We are still fighting and we also will never stop until we have won, until we have wiped from this country forever a practice that does not stop violence but is violence, that does not serve justice but mocks justice, and does not protect the innocent but sometimes kills the innocent.”


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BUSTED: Trump-loving sheriff tried to murder deputy who caught him on tape making racist remarks

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A North Carolina Sheriff and Trump supporter reportedly plotted to murder a man who had a tape of him making racially offensive remarks, reports the Raleigh News and Observer.

Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins was indicted Monday, based on a recording of Brindell advising a man on how to kill a former deputy who accused him of racist language.

According to court records, the sheriff told another person to “take care of it” and “the only way you gonna stop him is kill him.”

He instructed him to get rid of the weapon. “You ain’t got the weapon, you ain’t got nothing to go on,” Wilkins said. “The only way we find out these murder things is people talk. You can’t tell nobody, not a thing.” The conversation took place in 2014.

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Judiciary Democrats schedule Trump ‘corruption’ hearing on ’emoluments and profiting off the presidency’

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The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a "corruption" hearing on President Donald Trump's business practices.

The committee on Tuesday, which is controlled by Democrats, posted a notification about the hearing on its website.

The hearing is titled "Presidential Corruption: Emoluments and Profiting Off the Presidency." It is scheduled for Sept. 23 at 2 pm. A witness list was not immediately available.

Trump's opponents have argued that he has violated the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution by profiting off foreign dignitaries who visit his hotels and restaurants.

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House GOP loses yet another incumbent as California’s Paul Cook announces retirement

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Another day, another retirement for House Republicans.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Rep. Paul Cook R-CA) is heading for the exits and retiring at the end of his term in 2020.

Instead of serving in Congress for another term, Cook will run for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, the congressman's chief of staff tells the Los Angeles Times.

Even though Democrats made major gains in California during the 2018 midterm elections, Cook's district will be difficult for the party to pick up. Cook last year won reelection with 60 percent of the vote and his opponent wasn't even a Democrat, but fellow Republican Tim Donnelly.

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