Cop-Killer Is Media’s New Baby Seal

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Some eyewitnesses described the shooter as wearing a white shirt, some said it was a white shirt with writing, and some identified it specifically as a white Batman shirt. Not one witness said the man in the yellow shirt pistol-whipped the vagrant or shot the cop.

Several of Davis’ friends testified — without recantation — that he was the one in a white shirt. Several eyewitnesses, both acquaintances and strangers, specifically identified Davis as the one who shot Officer MacPhail.

Now the media claim that seven of the nine witnesses against Davis at trial have recanted.

First of all, the state presented 34 witnesses against Davis — not nine — which should give you some idea of how punctilious the media are about their facts in death penalty cases.

Among the witnesses who did not recant a word of their testimony against Davis were three members of the Air Force, who saw the shooting from their van in the Burger King drive-in lane. The airman who saw events clearly enough to positively identify Davis as the shooter explained on cross-examination, “You don’t forget someone that stands over and shoots someone.”

Recanted testimony is the least believable evidence since it proves only that defense lawyers managed to pressure some witnesses to alter their testimony, conveniently after the trial has ended. Even criminal lobbyist Justice William Brennan ridiculed post-trial recantations.

Three recantations were from friends of Davis, making minor or completely unbelievable modifications to their trial testimony. For example, one said he was no longer sure he saw Davis shoot the cop, even though he was five feet away at the time. His remaining testimony still implicated Davis.

One alleged recantation, from the vagrant’s girlfriend (since deceased), wasn’t a recantation at all, but rather reiterated all relevant parts of her trial testimony, which included a direct identification of Davis as the shooter.

Only two of the seven alleged “recantations” (out of 34 witnesses) actually recanted anything of value — and those two affidavits were discounted by the court because Davis refused to allow the affiants to testify at the post-trial evidentiary hearing, even though one was seated right outside the courtroom, waiting to appear.

The court specifically warned Davis that his refusal to call his only two genuinely recanting witnesses would make their affidavits worthless. But Davis still refused to call them — suggesting, as the court said, that their lawyer-drafted affidavits would not have held up under cross-examination.

With death penalty opponents so fixated on Davis’ race — he’s black — it ought to be noted that all the above witnesses are themselves African-American. The first man Davis shot in the car that night was African-American.

I notice that the people so anxious to return this sociopathic cop-killer to the street don’t live in his neighborhood.

There’s a reason more than a dozen courts have looked at Davis’ case and refused to overturn his death sentence. He is as innocent as every other executed man since at least 1950, which is to say, guilty as hell.

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  • Indioviejo

    The execution was lomg overdue. Davis was just an inconsequential thug who murdered a much better man than he; and officer of the law. Good ridance.

  • Amused

    guilty as charged , convicted by a jury of his peers , that jury convinced by eyewitness testimony of some of his own acquaintances .AMF

  • mrbean

    Death penalty opponents spend millions of dollars and countless man hours fighting the legal execution of, at most, 56 of our worst human rights violators per year, when they do nothing to fight for the end of those inhumane parole and probation release policies which result in the needless injury and slaughter of the innocent. "The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that convicted criminals free on parole and probation . . . commit ‘at least’ 84,800 violent crimes every year, including 13,200 murders, 12,900 rapes, and 49,500 robberies." American Guardian, May 1997, pg. 26.

  • Sound&Fury

    Of course, no one protested the execution of the white racist in Texas that same day for the 1999 murder of James Byrd. When it comes to "baby seals", it appears that black seals get preferential treatment by the MSM.

    • BS77

      Every day people are shot by gang bangers and thugs …..they are convicted and sent to prison, some to death row….where they languish for decades until they are executed…if at all. No one riots or participates in mob actions after they are convicted….only if the death penalty is imminent…then do the nut jobs come out of the wood work to rev up the screaming and yelling……they protest the death penalty imposed by the state, but never say a word about the death penalty imposed upon innocent victims by these thugs, killers, armed robbers and murderers.

    • intrcptr2

      Yeah, I caught that too.


  • BS77

    The more I read about this horrible case, the more I am shocked by the emotional and irrational behavior of the mob lunatics who railed against his execution. It was simiilar in the Mumia case…except Mumia was not executed, but given life without parole……then the mobs vanished….they didn't go nuts trying to over turn the LWP sentence…..Perhaps Life without Parole is more inhumane and cruel than the death penalty. What do you think?

    • intrcptr2

      Sadly, the mobs are still here. But they get no headlines, so the "journalists" tend not to give them any print.

      There is that ville in France that named a street after Abu Jamal…

  • BS77

    Read Ann Coulter's latest book DEMONIC which examines the know nothing behavior of mobs and leftist activists on the march….the research and conclusive examination of the enormous contrast between the French and American revolutions deserve your attention.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    It would be hard to believe that a trial could go forward today without sufficient
    evidence and jury permission to convict and innocent person of any crime
    without compelling falsity and we should know lies find you out. The anti-death
    penalty crowd is so over the top with their assertions it is a sure outlet for idiocy,
    stupidity and rancid obfuscation. I often wonder if the majority of them are so
    affraid of being eaten up with their own guilt they must provide cover for guilt
    in all people no matter what the crime. For years I thought a death penalty went
    to far but if life is so precious, then the standard for taking life is life forfeiture,
    otherwise it makes life cheap and it is not it is everything you or another has.

  • Guy DeWhitney

    Dear Ann Coulter, you have hurt me deeply. I was under the impression, since my wonderful encounter with you at David Horowitz’s Freedom Foundation Wednesday Morning Club, that you were a moderate who sought to “moderate” the Right by speaking their language and not worrying about the lost cause of the Left. You implied I was correct when our eyes met and something palpable passed between us; I believe it was the book you had just signed. Your book Demonic seemed to bear out this concept.

    And now? I am torn, broken and lost, all my illusions shattered by the things I read in the article; Ann, please tell me you don’t really believe in the death penalty!

  • Guy DeWhitney

    My objection to the death penalty does not stem from the expense of all the appeals, ; Human life is not something that, at the bottom line, should come down to a bottom line.

    My objection does not come from the fact that there have been Death Row inmates exonerated; Human lives should never be gambled by anyone but the owner of said life.

    no one has the right to kill a human being that is in custody in the hope that maybe, somewhere, another person might not commit a similar crime; to shed a soul no better or worse than yourself in the eyes of God, save for Grace.

    When you add that to the other two reasons I feel it has to be admitted that there is no real reason for the Death Penalty but the collective expression of natural animal bloodlust… we NEED some way to sanction our desire to kill SOMEONE for their transgressions against us, real or imagined. Yes, it is rather benign as historical expressions of bloodlust go but, does that mean we cannot decry it?

    But, don't worry Hun, I still love you.

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