Global day of action
Stop the execution of Troy Davis
Published May 14, 2009 8:27 PM
On May 19, from Alaska to West Virginia and from Argentina to Uganda, high
school and college students, faith-based groups and progressive community
organizations are organizing vigils, rallies and petition drives as well as the
vital means of communication to bring worldwide pressure on Georgia Gov. Sonny
Perdue and the Pardons and Parole Board to stop the execution of Troy Anthony
Davis was convicted as a teenager of the 1991 killing of an off-duty Savannah
policeman, solely on the basis of inconsistent eyewitness testimony, and
sentenced to death.
Despite recantations by seven of the nine trial witnesses and the exculpatory
statements of additional witnesses pointing to another man as the shooter, U.S.
courts have refused to allow Davis a hearing to present the new evidence. Many
of the witnesses cite police intimidation and threats as the reason for their
false statements at the highly-charged trial.
Without those tainted testimonies and lacking any physical evidence at all
linking Davis to the murder, the prosecution’s case would have consisted
of two witnesses—the man now alleged to have committed the killing and a
member of the U.S. military who on the night of the incident told police he was
unable to identify the shooter. Yet two years later in court, he pointed to
Davis has always maintained his innocence.
Hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. and around the world are outraged
by the obvious injustices of this case. Davis has twice come within days and
even hours of being executed when in the midst of grassroots mobilization,
state and federal authorities have intervened.
On April 16, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 against Davis’
appeal, essentially denying possible innocence as a sufficient reason to
overturn the trial verdict.
While Davis’ lawyers mount an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has
previously failed to hear his case, organizations such as Georgians for an
Alternative to the Death Penalty, Amnesty International and the NAACP are
calling on people to flood the governor’s office and the Pardons and
Parole Board with letters, e-mails, faxes and phone calls.
For information on the locations of actions in support of Troy Davis on May 19,
go to www.gfadp.org. This site also has downloadable flyers, the addresses of
Georgia officials, the text of an online letter and background information on
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