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What time to KILL?

As we contemplate the execution of Troy Davis last night, Massachusetts citizens need to be mindful of what went on here in the vacated murder convictions of four (4) of its citizens, some thirty (30) plus years later, and after two (2) of the “convicted murderers” died in jail.  A judge vacated all the convictions when newly discovered evidence raised doubts about the conduct of the FBI and fairness of his trial.   The Judge went so far as to say:  `The conduct of certain agents of the bureau … stains the legacy of the FBI.”  Salvati and Limone, the two that survived the over three decades of being wrongfully imprisoned, were in a group of six men found guilty of Deegan’s slaying.

“I want to express to both of you how deeply sorry we are for everything that was taken away from you and everything you’ve had to go through the last 30 years,” said committee chairman Dan Burton, R-Ind.

Salvati, 68, and Peter J. Limone, 66, were exonerated after a judge concluded that FBI agents hid evidence that would have proven their innocence. . . “This is a story that needs to be told,” Salvati testified. “The government stole more than 30 years of my life.”

Though NO APOLOGY will ever compensate anyone, for any time they were wrongfully incarcerated, this case is all the more egregious because it was law enforcement who knowingly orchestrated that these men had their lives, and reputations literally stolen from them by our government.  In light of that facts, and the massive corruption in our government that we know of, and do so little to overcome, even proponents of the death penalty do not want to see ANYONE put to death unless there is absolutely NO DOUBT as to their guilt.

In the Troy Davis’ case, 7 witnesses recanted, most of whom claim to have been pressured by police to say what they are now recanting.   Those that think “There is no travesty of justice” in Davis’ execution say:  “Yes, those witnesses have now, twenty years and much badgering by anti-death penalty advocates later, recanted.  A federal judge spent two days reviewing the evidence and the testimony last year and issued a 172 page order explaining why the witnesses recanting was “smoke and mirrors.”  Certainly Salvati and Limone’s cases show that evidence exonerating them, known and in the FBI’s possession for the thirty plus years they rotted in prison while loosing appeal after appeal in the courts, would not come forth until AFTER two of those convicted with them died in prison, and TEN YEARS after they, themselves, would have been executed if things had gone for them, as they did for Troy Davis.

Killing someone is an irreversible act.  There are no do-overs.

People MUST become more aware of the corruption in our midst, and do something about it, and the death penalty should be used EXCLUSIVELY for when there is not a scintilla of doubt.

Committee member Barney Frank, D-Mass., also apologized to Salvati for his wrongful imprisonment but noted his case has opened many eyes to the injustices within law enforcement.  “I think we have a very serious problem of abuse in law enforcement,” Frank said.

SOSMass asks, “and what have we done, or are we doing about it?”  Corruption runs rampant in this state, as seen in just one example HERE where one of the “dirtiest Police Chiefs” in the state still roams the streets and “practices” LAW.  When SOSMass was soliciting signatures for a petition to block the Davis execution, it used this corrupt, disgraced, CHIEF of Police as an example of the kind of law enforcement and testimony that could conceivably be used to destroy, or even end someone’s life.

The Davis’ execution may not have happened here, or affected anyone here directly, but it’s finality should bring to mind what DID happen, and still happens here, a story, that like Limone said, needs to be told.  Whether corruption results in a singular lie, or day wrongfully imprisoned, or is responsible for the likes of the below, it is happening all the time, all around us, every day in our communities and courts.  It’s just that most people don’t know about it . . . or care, and the results are devastating.

Exonerated murder suspects describe decades of pain in prison…/exonerated_murd_1.html  Jan 8, 2007 – In an emotional day in federal court, Peter Limone and Joseph Salvati described how they spent decades in prison after being wrongfully 

Men awarded $101M in 1965 Mafia slaying case…  Jul 26, 2007 – Salvati and Limone spent three decades in prison before they were freed in 2001; Tameleo and Greco died behind bars. Salvati and Limone  

Boston University School of Law  Jul 26, 2007 – Both Greco and Tameleo died in jail; only Limone and Salvati were on hand to hear the verdict delivered today. Victor Garo, the lead attorney 

Wives Struggled After FBI Framed Spouses…1…0  BOSTON (AP) – For three decades, Marie Salvati and Olympia Limone essentially lived as widows, struggling to make ends meet as they raised four children on 


One comment on “What time to KILL?

  1. James Buba
    September 22, 2011

    To wit, the system is right as are is the law. The case was won with the evidence and argument presented. The case should be overturned on those same merits, there being none, the verdict is just.

    Then come those few, and far between were certain wrongdoing by police or prosecutor can rightfully skew the original evidence and case against the State. Might I recommend that the prosecutor and police, whomever found guilty of pressing charges or coersion of jurors or witnesses be remanded into custody to serve out the identical term as judged or time served when much time has lapsed. As it may first appear a bit more pressing to get the charge and case right or else, it leaves me wondering what to do when ‘new evidence’ overturns the verdict upon a person that has been executed.

    Wrongful death suits by the family or estate will never replace the loss of anyone to injustice, but the risk of pension and wealth to public employees may well adjust some of the behavior as mentioned above.

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