Tag Archives: Troy Davis

The Death Penalty, Incremental Progress on the Avenue of Criminals, and Net Injustice

Responding to the Troy Davis execution, Ross Douthat does what he does best, offering an overthought response that manages to “raise a point” without actually addressing the central issue in the argument. Maybe that’s useful on some topics, but not really here. The argument: the death penalty, because it’s so terrible, generates justice by inspiring […]

A Few Quick Notes on the Death Penalty

Wednesday drew to a close the life of Troy Davis, along with his twenty-year fight to prove his innocence. But we should pick up his larger battle — to end the death penalty in the remaining of the United States. I never followed Mr. Davis’ case, and consequentially, won’t speculate on his guilt or innocence. […]

AEDPA & Troy Davis: The Death Penalty, Actual Innocence, and Federal Deference

There are few political footballs that’ve been kicked around more, and with greater reprecussions, than the writ of habeas corpus. The “great writ,” of course, traces its origin to the Magna Carta — “no free man shall be taken, imprisoned … or any other wise destroyed … but by lawful judgment of his Peers” — […]