Carter: Flaws in death penalty
Atlanta - Former US president Jimmy Carter says the execution of Troy Davis in Georgia shows that the US death penalty system is "unjust and outdated".
Davis was executed late on Wednesday night for the 1989 murder of off-duty
Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail.
His supporters say he was the
victim of mistaken identity, while prosecutors and MacPhail's family
said justice was finally served after four years of delays.
Carter on Thursday said in a statement to The Associated Press that he hopes "this tragedy will spur us as a nation toward the total rejection of capital punishment".
"If one of our fellow citizens can be executed with so much doubt surrounding his guilt, then the death penalty system in our country is unjust and outdated".