Georgia--the state, not the nation--prepares to execute a man who was convicted on the testimony of nine witnesses, seven of whom have recanted. There is, by the way, no forensic evidence tying Troy Davis to the crime. Oh, and three other witnesses have fingered another man--a witness against Davis at the trial--as the killer.
As if that wasn't enough, the US Supreme Court has said that it will decide by September 29th whether to accept Davis' appeal.
Nonetheless, yesterday the Georgia Supreme Court refused, by a 6-1 vote, to delay the execution. Davis is scheduled to be put to death later today.
Davis' only hope now is that the US Supreme Court will issue a stay.
And we call ourselves civilized.
Update: Less than two hours before Davis was scheduled to die, the US Supreme Court issued a stay of execution.
Note that one of the comments below comments on capital punishment as the most premeditated murder. I have long felt that the cruelest part of capital punishment is not the execution, but forcing the condemned to wait, knowing the date and hour of his death.