Opinion Roundup: Troy Davis’ Scheduled Execution Infuriates Bloggers

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Across the blogosphere, emotions are running high on the impending execution of Troy Davis, who has been set to die by lethal injection at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Many say the overwhelming doubt cast in the case should at least allow him a new trial, if not total clemency. They are demanding Davis be spared his execution, which had been set three previous times, despite the opinions of some that Davis’ execution is just.

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Here are a few of the most compelling opinions online.

It’s with rage that I report that the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles on Tuesday denied clemency for Troy Anthony Davis. The 42-year-old Davis is now due to be executed TODAY, Wednesday September 21, at 7 pm. For those unfamiliar with the case, let’s be clear: Davis’s execution is little more than a legal lynching. — Dave Zirin, The Nation

Is our bloodlust so great that we have to ignore all statements of doubt by those who have looked long and hard at the case and apply the cruelest punishment of all — death — which can never be remedied? This man is about to be murdered. Make no mistake: every death sentence is a premeditated murder. —Russell Simmons, The Huffington Post

Incredibly ironic and tragic that this is happening while our first Black president is sitting in the White House. We, America, like to pat ourselves on the back and say job well done whenever there is a shred of racial or social progress in our fair nation. But then we habitually figure out ways to take one, two, several steps back… —Kevin Powell, AllHipHop.com

It’s comforting (ish) to think that death penalty supporters just have their heads in the sand, and if they can just be convinced that the system is broken they’ll come around to abolition. But that’s really not the case; a substantial number of proponents just think a flawed conviction here and there is a small price to pay for justice.  —Tim Murphy, Mother Jones

Troy Davis’ case was always about more than just Troy Davis. His case was a test of whether our justice system is able to hold true to a fundamental principle and right in this country that a person is innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately, that principle was stripped from this case when the Georgia Supreme Court decided that Davis’ appeal would require that his legal team establish “no doubt” that he is innocent. —Monique W. Morris, TheGrio.com

This case, scheduled to end Wednesday night, is not the Troy Davis case. It is the Mark MacPhail case. It is about justice for him, his wife, and two children who have little to no memories of a man who served his country and his city with distinction. It is also about jurors who sat in judgment and voted that a man should die because of his actions to take the life of Mark MacPhail, and those who will sit on future juries forced to make similar difficult decisions. —Charlie Harper, PeachPundit.com

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Madison Gray is Homepage Producer at TIME.com. Find him on Twitter at @madisonjgray. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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