The death penalty may still enjoy support in the US, but much of the world’s media reflected global revulsion for the US’s justice system. In Britain’s left-leaning newspaper, the Guardian, Ed Pilkington writes that the debate over the death penalty “will continue long after the gurney has been put away.”
In the final gruesome hours of waiting, the American judicial system at its very highest echelons was involved – including the US supreme court, which issued the decisive final ruling. The decision to press ahead with the death sentence despite serious doubts over Davis's guilt drew accusations that this was the system at its most grotesque.
The Daily Telegraph, a more conservative British newspaper, gathered up comments from around the world on both sides of the issue. Supporters of the death penalty argued that justice was served, and that Davis enjoyed plenty of chances to exonerate himself. Others expressed horror, noting that several witnesses had recanted their testimony.
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