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View Diary: The Disturbing Obliviousness of Kossacks About an Impending Execution: An Innocent Man Will Die (317 comments)

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  •  And again... (3+ / 0-)
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    AlanF, cats in the curry, lemming22

    ...here we have nine witnesses. Seven of them say they were lying before, so these (ahem) people say they can't be trusted because they're liars. But if that's the case, their previous testimony, used to convict Davis, can't be trusted either.

    Of the two remaining, one confessed to committing the crime. He has a definite interest in getting the cops to look at someone else.

    If it comes down to witness credibility, Davis can't be executed.

    •  one admitted to committing the crime? (1+ / 0-)
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      noweasels

      Coles actually confessed his guilt to someone? Hadn't seen that tidbit anywhere

    •  No, seven of them don't say they were lying (2+ / 0-)
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      liquidman, Governor McCheese

      Seven of them are claimed to have either changed their story or said something contradictory, which is not the same thing.  I'd be surprised that someone said exactly the same thing in the 16 years since.

      So we'll take that as a given.

      Of the remaining two, yes, one plausibly has a reason to lie.  What about the last one?

      I'm opposed to the death penalty in general, just because of cases like this where there isn't sufficient certainty, and it certainly sounds like there should be a review.  However, your diary is that an "innocent man will die".  Thus far, except for hearsay, there's no evidence of that.  A possibly innocent man is on death row.  That's as far as you can go.

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