Monday, September 15, 2008

CLEMENCY DENIED: Troy Davis to be Executed

On Friday, September 12, the Georgia Board of Pardon and Paroles voted to deny clemency for Troy Anthony Davis. Troy Davis is still scheduled to be executed by the state of Georgia on September 23, even though his serious claims of innocence have never been heard in court.

Urge the board to reconsider its decision today!

Troy Davis was convicted of murder solely on the basis of witness testimony, and seven of the nine non-police witnesses have since recanted or changed their testimony, several citing police coercion. Others have signed affidavits implicating one of the remaining two witnesses as the actual killer. But due to an increasingly restrictive appeals process, none of this new evidence has ever been heard in court.

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The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles gave no reason for its denial of Troy Davis' clemency petition, yet Board members do have the authority to reconsider their decision. On July 16, 2007, the Board did stay Troy Davis' execution, stating that it would "not allow an execution to proceed in this State unless and until its members are convinced that there is no doubt as to the guilt of the accused" (emphasis added).
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Troy Davis was sentenced to death despite a tainted case and serious claims of innocence. © Georgia Department of Corrections

The failure of courts to hear the compelling evidence of
innocence in this case means that massive doubts
about Troy Davis' guilt will remain unresolved.

Urge the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to
reconsider its decision and prevent this execution
from proceeding!

Source: Amnesty International USA

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There is no compelling evidence of his innocence. There is plenty of evidence of his guilt. Evidently the court agrees. This mindless campaign to get him acquitted only reinforces his guilt. The only thing society should regret about his death is that it didn't happen immediately after the first trial. And the only people who should feel guilty about his death is his family that failed so miserably at raising him.