While trying to gather words and feelings to express the unexplainable execution of Troy Davis, I come across an article talking about Obama asking for a stay in execution for a Texas man on death row. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/obama-asks-stay-execution-texas-165829939.html The man, Humberto Leal Garcia Jr. was convicted of rape and murder in 1994. He was sentenced to death. No one is contesting his guilt and all evidence fits. Allegedly, he was not given proper instructions. He should have been instructed to contact the Mexican Embassy since he is NOT a US citizen. Obama is asking for the stay because this little detail was not mentioned during Garcia’s arrest. Obama feels that if he is executed, it would strain US relations abroad and make it difficult for American citizens who get into situations in other countries.
This is eerily coincidental as Troy Davis was executed a few days ago, despite looming doubt and witnesses confessing to being coherced into signing fictional statements. These testimonies were in line with Davis maintaining his innocence the whole time. As his execution time drew near, his lawyers tried every last ditch effort to obtain a stay. Leaving it in the hands of Clarence “UncleTom”as, there was no more time and Davis executed.
While Troy Davis is one man, his legal public lynching speaks to a nation of African Americans. Given the details of Davis’ possible innocence, the President failed to intervene. People wondered where Obama was in all of this and we heard nothing from him. His silence spoke volumes. Foreign policy is more important than the holes and inconsistencies in the U.S Justice system. Perhaps Obama needs to be reminded that if he wasn’t President, he too could be a potential Troy Davis.