Hyperbole is what ails America

Watching Michael Moore and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello on Bill Maher’s show reminded me how alike the fringes are. Left and right, they share a victim’s mentality, along with an inflated sense of their own importance. The sky is always falling, and they never let facts get in the way of a partisan talking point. To wit: the canonization of Troy Davis, deemed innocent, or guilty, by activists who haven’t bother to study the case. I’m opposed to the death penalty morally and practically but I’m not convinced Davis is innocent. I was bothered that even the slightest of…

The devil’s right hand

Death penalty proponents should be especially troubled by Rick Perry’s reckless disregard for the truth. In 2004, there’s reason to believe Texas may have executed an innocent man when it put Cameron Todd Willingham to death. When Willingham was convicted, prosecutors relied heavily on an “expert” who testified on the origins of a fire that killed Willingham’s daughters, and said Willingham was responsible. The problem, we now know, is that the “expert” apparently didn’t know what he was talking about. But that’s only part of the story. As those familiar with the Willingham story likely remember, the Texas Forensic Science Commission, created…

fresh off the wires — a win for troy davis

The Supremes, overruling a federal appeals court, have ordered a new evidentiary hearing for Death Row inmate Troy Davis. Background: Eyewitness testimony was used to convict Troy Anthony Davis in the murder of a Savannah police officer. Seven of those witnesses later recanted their testimony. At least three witnesses who testified against Mr. Davis (and a number of others who were not part of the trial) have since said that a man named Sylvester “Redd” Coles admitted that he was the one who had killed the officer. Mr. Coles, who was at the scene, and who, according to authorities, later ditched a…

reasonable doubt

Regardless of your feelings on capital punishment, consider this: Eyewitness testimony was used to convict Troy Anthony Davis in the murder of a Savannah police officer. Seven of those witnesses later recanted their testimony. At least three witnesses who testified against Mr. Davis (and a number of others who were not part of the trial) have since said that a man named Sylvester “Redd” Coles admitted that he was the one who had killed the officer. Mr. Coles, who was at the scene, and who, according to authorities, later ditched a gun of the same caliber as the murder weapon, is one…