What Do You Know About Troy Davis ?
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This is clipped from an excellent article on huffington today -
Executive Director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
Diann Rust-Tierney Posted: May 14, 2009 06:12 PM
The 132nd Death Row Exoneree: Implications for the Troy Davis Case
Now comes the case of Troy Anthony Davis, where the high court will again be presented with a strong claim of innocence.
Troy Anthony Davis was sentenced to death in Georgia in 1991 for the murder of police officer Mark Allen MacPhail- a crime for which there is no physical evidence linking him to the shooting, in which seven of nine witnesses who named him as the killer have since recanted their testimony, saying in sworn affidavits that they were coerced or pressured into implicating Davis, and for which no murder weapon has been produced.
Davis, like House and Herrera, has been fighting for years for a new trial through which to prove his innocence. Last month the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected that effort, saying that the affidavits from the witnesses who recanted were introduced "too late" in the process. In her dissenting opinion, Circuit Court Judge Rosemary Barkett wrote, "To execute Davis, in the face of a significant amount of proffered evidence that may establish his actual innocence, is unconscionable and unconstitutional."
If there is any lesson that should be learned from these cases it is that our capital punishment system has some serious flaws. Not the least of which is a sufficiently adequate process for assuring that no innocent man or women is executed. The route to safety is too obscured by technicalities.
The Troy Anthony Davis case presents another test for the system. We must be as determined as the lawyers and other advocates who worked tirelessly to save the life of Paul House to prevent the execution of Troy Anthony Davis. While it should not be true -- it is -- it will take an extraordinary effort to prevent a miscarriage of justice here.
The Paul House case is a chilling reminder of just how often the system makes mistakes.
It should strengthen our resolve in the Davis case.
(A Global Day of Action in support of Davis has been organized by Amnesty International USA for May 19th. For more information on scheduled events of that day, and what can be done to obtain clemency for Davis, visit http://www.aiusa.org./troydavis.)
May 19, 2009: Day of Action for Troy Davis!
WE Are going to devote the next two days to Troy Davis, because we know this fight is one that needs every hand on deck.
Listen to Troy Davis speaking about the wrong and why we need to get the killer off the street, now.
Troy Davis has not received Justice. There is NO Physical Evidence Against Him. yet He sits on Death Row. It's time to right the wrong before Troy is Executed for a Crime He Did Not Commit. Won't You Join us in our Support of Troy Davis, by participating in this day of support on Tuesday May 19th, 2009. Show the World that You Support Truth and Justice -
Free Troy Davis.
Troy Davis : Finality over Fairness.
Troy Davis was convicted of murdering a Georgia police officer in 1991. Nearly two decades later, Davis remains on death row – even though the case against him has completely fallen apart. » Learn more about Troy Davis
GLOBAL DAY FOR TROY DAVIS
May 19: Participate in the Global Day of Action for Troy Davis
Troy Davis, a man who may well be innocent, has a 30-day stay of execution that is about to expire. No court has yet held a hearing on the new evidence of tainted testimony, yet they are willing to end his life. On May 19th, every person can help make a difference by participating in any activity, event or creative action that calls attention to the injustice of his case.
» Find out what Global Day activities are happening in your state
» Organize and register your own Global Day of Action for Troy Davis event
» Download and print the May 19 Atlanta rally flyer
» Don't forget: Share pictures from your Day of Action events or activities
» Don't forget: Give us feedback on your Day of Action
LATEST NEWS ON TROY DAVIS
The Court extended Davis' stay of execution for 30 days to give him a chance to file a habeas corpus petition with the US Supreme Court. » More information on the court's decision and case background
TROY DAVIS RESOURCES
| Download a fact sheet on Davis' case
| Read more about innocence on Georgia's death row
GLOBAL DAY ACTION IDEAS
» Encourage friends online to email Georgia's Governor Perdue using blogs, social networks, and other websites
» Download and print the petition to help gather more signatures
» Visit GFADP to see what activists are doing in Georgia
» Urge clergy members and religious leaders to sign on to this letter (.doc) condemning the death penalty
» Write a letter to the editor of your local paper. It's quick and easy using the ACLU's website.
» Spread the word: Text "TROY" to 90999 on your cell phone
Please do not contact the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles directly right now, as doing so could be detrimental to Troy's case. Instead, we encourage you to contact Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue.
Read the report:
Read the press releases:
- Supreme Court's Death Penalty Ruling in Troy Davis Case Reveals 'Catastrophic Flaws in the U.S. Death Penalty Machine'
- Religious Leaders, Members of Congress, Entertainers, Civil Rights Leaders Lead Worldwide Clemency Call for Troy Davis
- Amnesty International USA Applauds Stay of Execution for Troy Davis
- Amnesty International USA Applauds Georgia Supreme Court Action in Troy Davis Case
- Amnesty International USA Calls Georgia Supreme Court Hearing on Troy Davis Case 'Essential,' Saying 'the Original Case Has No Legs'
- Amnesty International USA Decries Ruling in Troy Davis Case
- Amnesty International Condemns Parole Board Decision to Allow the Execution of Troy Davis
- Amnesty International Praises Stay of Execution for Troy Davis
- Amnesty International Decries U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Deny Troy Davis Petition
- In Final Days Before Troy Davis Execution Date, Concerned Public Worldwide Demands Action