Challenging the death sentence to be carried out against Troy Davis by the state of Georgia on 21 September is important, becuase is it ever right to
execute anyone without any physical evidence against them and a witnesses case which has completely fallen apart because of "Judicial rules" having
been adhered to ?
Just because a group of people say it was you, does that really mean it was you ?
Studies showed that witnesses often identified the wrong person from the photos (in one study, almost half the time) and that police interviewing
techniques often hampered information gathering.
The only chance he has left is hoping that enough people ask the Georgia, USA Board of pardons and paroles to provide Clemency by Sept 19th 2011 and
that is enough to persuade them to prevent Troy Davis, victim of judicial lynching from being killed.
Davis has been on Georgia's death row for close to 20 years, after being convicted of killing off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail in Savannah.
Since his conviction, seven of the nine non-police witnesses have recanted their testimony, alleging police coercion and intimidation in obtaining the
testimony. There is no physical evidence linking Davis to the murder.
Last March, the US supreme court ruled that Davis should receive an evidentiary hearing, to make his case for innocence. Several witnesses have
identified one of the remaining witnesses who has not recanted, Sylvester "Redd" Coles, as the shooter. US District Judge William T Moore Jr
refused, on a technicality, to allow the testimony of witnesses who claimed that, after Davis had been convicted, Coles admitted to shooting MacPhail.
In his August court order, Moore summarised, "Mr Davis is not innocent."
One of the jurors, Brenda Forrest, disagrees. She told CNN in 2009, recalling the trial of Davis, "All of the witnesses – they were able to ID him
as the person who actually did it." Since the seven witnesses recanted, she says: "If I knew then what I know now, Troy Davis would not be on death
row. The verdict would be not guilty."
ATLANTA, Sept. 12, 2011, 5:300 p.m. - Reps. John Lewis (GA-05) and Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) sent a letter today signed by more than 50 other members
of Congress to the Georgia State Board of Pardons & Paroles, urging a stay of execution for death-row inmate Troy Anthony Davis and clemency in the
form of a life sentence.
Prayer vigils in Atlanta have been planned for September 19th, the date of Davis’s clemency hearing, as well as a march from Woodruff Park to
Ebenezer Baptist Church during the same week. The clemency hearing is the final appeal remaining in the case.
Tens of thousands of siguatures,from Georgians, were collected by Amnesty International USA (google for their web site) and the National Association
for the Advancement of Colored People and other groups in a last minute effort to halt the scheduled execution.