Troy Davis about to be killed by the State of Georgia
AmnestyUSA on Jan 21, 2009
Troy Davis faces execution for the murder of Police Officer Mark MacPhail in Georgia, despite a strong claim of innocence.
7 out of 9 witnesses have recanted or contradicted their testimony, no murder weapon was found and no physical evidence links Davis to the crime. The Georgia Board of Pardon and Paroles has voted to deny clemency, yet Governor Perdue can still stop this execution of Troy Davis.
The day is now here – the state of Georgia has set Troy Davis’ execution date for September 21st.
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear his final appeal earlier this year. But the story remains the same – Troy Davis could very well be innocent.
However, in the state of Georgia, the Board of Pardons & Paroles holds the keys to Troy’s fate. In the days before Davis’ execution, this Board will hold a final clemency hearing – a final chance to prevent Troy Davis from being executed.
Davis was convicted on the basis of witness testimony – seven of the nine original witnesses have since recanted or changed their testimony.
One witness said in a CNN news interview:
“If I knew then, what I know now, Troy Davis would not be on death row.”
I know it’s difficult to believe that a system of justice could be so terribly flawed, but keep in mind that Troy has survived three previous execution dates, because people like you kept the justice system in check!
We’ve been bracing for this moment and the time for action is now! Here’s what you can do to join the fight:
1. Sign our petition to the Board of Pardons & Paroles urging them to grant clemency! We’ll deliver your signatures next week.
2. Organize locally for Troy: Take to the streets with us. Soon we’ll be announcing the date for the official Troy Davis Day of Action. Sign up now to rally in the coming days to stop the execution of Troy Davis.
3. Join our #TooMuchDoubt Twitter campaign: Spread the word about this injustice by tweeting a “Doubt a Day” about Troy’s story. Follow us @amnesty for tweets or use some of these ‘doubts’ in your tweets:
Georgia plans to execute #TroyDavis even though 10 witnesses say another man committed the crime http://bit.ly/TroyPetition#TooMuchDoubt
Juror: “If I knew then what I know now #TroyDavis would not be on death row.” http://bit.ly/TroyPetition#TooMuchDoubt
9 witnesses have signed affidavits implicating another suspect, not #TroyDavis. http://bit.ly/TroyPetition#TooMuchDoubt
75% of wrongful convictions overturned by DNA had witness misidentifications. http://bit.ly/TroyPetition #TooMuchDoubt
No physical evidence directly linked #TroyDavis to the murder. The weapon was never found. http://bit.ly/TroyPetition#TooMuchDoubt
A witness: “Troy never confessed to me…about the shooting. I made up the confession.” http://bit.ly/TroyPetition #TooMuchDoubt
Witness: “After a couple hours of the detectives…threatening me, I…told them what they wanted.” http://bit.ly/TroyPetition#TooMuchDoubt
Witness: “the officers gave me a statement I signed it. I did not read it because I cannot read.” http://bit.ly/TroyPetition#TooMuchDoubt
In 2010, a witness testified that he saw his own relative (not #TroyDavis) shoot the policeman. http://bit.ly/TroyPetition#TooMuchDoubt
Witness: Other suspect “told me he shot a police officer & that a guy named Davis took the fall” http://bit.ly/TroyPetition#TooMuchDoubt