One year ago today the state of Georgia executed Troy Davis – despite lingering questions about his guilt.
The execution triggered widespread national outrage. The movement to end the death penalty gained thousands of new supporters almost overnight. The momentum helped to scratch one more name, Connecticut, off the list of executing states.
But the system is still with us – and it’s just as broken as ever.
Case in point. This week a Missouri judge convened a special hearing for Reggie Clemons. Clemons was sentenced to death for the murder of sisters Julie and Robin Kerry in 1991.
The similarities to Troy Davis’ case are eerie. A young African-American suspect. White murder victims. No physical evidence. Recanted eyewitness testimony.
As with Davis’ case one of the eyewitnesses was a former suspect, who confessed to the crime after…
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