Groups launch effort to prevent execution of Troy Davis

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Civil rights groups have launched a final effort to prevent the state of Georgia from executing death row inmate Troy Davis, convicted in 1991 for the 1989 slaying a police officer, Mark MacPhail.

Several witnesses have recanted previous testimony and no physical evidence connects Davis to the crime.

In late March, the Supreme Court turned down the defendant's last appeal.

A worldwide campaign to free Davis has drawn support from a range of public figures including the Pope, Bishop Desmond Tutu, former President Jimmy Carter, and FBI director William Sessions.

Colorofchange.org is urging letters, phone calls and emails be directed at the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole.

To sign a petition and take other action to support Davis, click here.

In an earlier hearing before the  Supreme Court, Davis was granted an evidentiary hearing before a federal judge. Instead of proving reasonable doubt  however, defense lawyers had to meet an even higher standard and prove Davis innocent.

Colorofchage.org writes, "In light of this, it was sad -- but no surprise -- when the judge rejected the new evidence and cleared the way for Davis' execution. However, even he acknowledged lingering doubt, noting that the case against Davis was not 'ironclad.'"

The NAACP and Amnesty International and many others have joined the campaign. Tragically, Davis's mother, Virginia Davis, died in her sleep last Tuesday and is being buried today in Atlanta.

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  • He was minding his own business beating up homeless people behind a fast food restaurant and ended up shooting a cop to death. Or maybe he wasn't the trigger man, I don't know.

    But whatever happens to him, I'm not going to lose any sleep. There's just too many people suffering in the world who don't beat up homeless people that whose misery I am concerned with.

    Posted by Woodrow Flintstone, 04/19/2011 1:02pm (3 years ago)

  • I don't understand why there isn't a larger campaign to save Troy Davis. I know there has been, over the years, some coverage by major media, including CNN, but during the last few months there's been silence. Now is the time that an all out effort must be made to prevent his execution and that doesn't seem to be happening. Instead, apart from a token effort on the part of, for instance, Amnesty International USA, very little on behalf of Troy seems to be occurring. Why is that? It's painful to observe the paralysis. Surely people everywhere who care about justice and have serious doubts about the morality of the death penalty, especially given the fact that people of color receive it in highly disproportionate numbers, should be rallying to Troy's defense. If ever there was a case in which the guilt of the defendent was clearly in question it's this one. So I think that a public outcry could make the difference, even at this point. And I wish there was a way to make my own feelings about this heard more effectively than in a forum such as this one. But there's just so much that each of us, as individuals, can do.
    Where is the leadership which is so crucially needed?

    Posted by Carol Imani, 04/19/2011 9:50am (3 years ago)

  • SADLY NOW THAT THE U.S. CONSERVATIVE SUPREME COURT JUSTICES HAVE GREENLIGHTED FUTURE EXECUTIONS OF little American's ACROSS THE USA USING ADMITTED PERJURED TESTIMONIES OF COURT WITNESSES, AMERICA HAS LOST OUR INTERNATIONAL PODIUM TO SPEAK OUT TO THE REST OF THE WORLD CONCERNING WRONGFUL EXECUTIONS...

    Posted by LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS, 04/19/2011 12:42am (3 years ago)

  • Troy Davis is guilty and deserves to die. After he killed the officer, he fled the scene, and then he fled from Savannah to the Atlanta area. An innocent man would not have fled. In every interview, Davis thanks people for their support, but he never says he didn't kill the officer. An innocent man would use every speaking opportunity to make the point that he didn't do it. The majority-black jury that convicted him knows he did it. Every judge (more than 30) who has reviewed the case has decided Troy Davis is not innocent. Even Amnesty International says they take no position on whether Davis is guilty or innocent. Justice in this case means that Davis dies.

    Posted by Subaruburu, 04/18/2011 10:49pm (3 years ago)

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