Emergency actions to save Troy Davis’ life
Published Oct 21, 2008 7:57 PM
Thousands of people are mobilizing in a last minute effort to stop the
execution of Troy Anthony Davis on Monday, Oct. 27 in Georgia.
Emergency protests are scheduled in many cities on Oct. 23, with a major rally
on the steps of the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta from 6 p.m. until 8
Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia and
Georgians for an Alternative to the Death Penalty, which has worked tirelessly
over the years to bring justice in the Davis case, report new letter writing
campaigns by professors in Georgia colleges and clergy members, as well as
students rallying on campuses.
The International Action Center has launched an online petition addressed to
dozens of elected officials including presidential candidates Barack Obama and
John McCain, major news outlets, U.N. bodies and the Georgia Pardons and Parole
Board, which has the authority to stop the execution. Please go to
www.iacenter.org and add your name to the hundreds of thousands who are saying
“Innocence Matters! Justice Matters!”
Davis, who has always maintained his innocence, was convicted of the 1989
murder of a Savannah policeman who was working off-duty. The state’s case
rested on eyewitness testimony. There was no forensic evidence, no
fingerprints, no weapon ever produced at the trial connecting Troy Davis to the
Seven of the nine trial witnesses have since recanted their testimony, several
charging police intimidation and coercion for their false identification of
Davis. Still other witnesses who were never called to testify in court have
signed affidavits implicating another man.
State and federal appeals courts have turned Davis’ case down on
technicalities, essentially saying the recantations are either not sufficient
“new” evidence or have come too late. On Oct. 14, the U.S. Supreme
Court refused to take up the issue. The state of Georgia immediately issued an
execution date for Oct. 27.
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