Death penalty for Troy Davis?


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By Joseph Kishore in the USA:

Georgia parole board meets to decide fate of Troy Davis

19 September 2011

Atlanta, Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis, whose pending execution has attracted worldwide opposition, is set to be killed by lethal injection on Wednesday. A Georgia parole board meeting today is his last hope of clemency.

The case of Davis exemplifies the barbarism of the US prison system in general, and the death penalty in particular. Now 42, Davis was convicted in 1991 of the 1989 murder of an off-duty police officer, Mark MacPhail.

Seven out of nine non-police witnesses who accused Davis of the killing later recanted or changed their testimony. One of the remaining is a possible suspect himself. No physical evidence linking Davis to the killing was presented at the trial.

Several jurors have said that, given the new evidence, they would have come to a different decision. However, Davis has been unable to get a new trial.

In 2008, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles—which has the authority to grant pardons, not the governor as in most states—denied clemency before an earlier execution date without explanation. If the five-member board, which has three new members, decides differently this time, Davis will face life in prison.

Davis and his lawyers have gone through a tortuous process of appeals aimed at securing him a new trial. He has had four separate executions dates. In September 2008 he came within two hours of execution before a last-minute intervention by the Supreme Court.

Davis’ case has attracted international support, and a demonstration on Friday in Atlanta brought at least 1,000 people. Other demonstrations were held in 300 cities throughout the world. Over 600,000 people have signed a petition appealing for clemency.

A major factor in preventing Davis from getting a new trial has been the 1996 Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, signed into law by Bill Clinton. The act, a precursor to the anti-democratic legislation passed after the 9/11 attacks, severely restricts federal courts from overturning death penalty convictions and ordering new trials.

Lawyers for Troy Davis presented evidence of his innocence Monday to the Georgia parole board, which is to decide whether the 42-year-old death row inmate is put to death by lethal injection September 21: here.

Troy Davis Denied Clemency By Georgia Pardons Board: here. And here.

3 thoughts on “Death penalty for Troy Davis?

  1. KEEP THE PRESSURE ON TO SAVE TROY DAVIS’ LIFE! AN APPEAL FOR MORE EMERGENCY DEMOS, SEPT. 19 AND SEPT. 20!

    The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles is scheduled to meet on Monday, Sept. 19 to determine if Troy Davis is executed on Sept. 21 or is granted clemency. Hundreds of cities held Sept. 16 protests. Let’s continue to keep the pressure on the Board to stop this racist execution by holding emergency protests on Monday, Sept. 19 and Tuesday, Sept. 20. Let the International Action Center know about your action so that it can be listed for others in your cities. Use the September 16 Actions form at iacenter.org/actions/troydavissept16listlocalaction to let us know about your action.

    Please continue to sign and urge others to sign the petitions which have generated more than 3 million emails. Remember that this petition goes to every member of the Board along with the Georgia legislature, the governor, the White House, U.S. Congress and major media. The petition url is http://www.iacenter.org/troydavis
    Act NOW to STOP THE EXECUTION OF TROY DAVIS!
    Troy Davis
    EMERGENCY: EXECUTION SET FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21.
    ACT NOW!
    Take Additional Actions of Solidarity for Troy Davis, Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 19 and 20.
    LIST YOUR LOCAL ACTIVITY AT iacenter.org/actions/troydavissept16listlocalaction

    SIGN ONLINE PETITION AT iacenter.org/troydavis
    Important date:
    Monday, Sept. 19: hearing on clemency for Troy Davis by Georgia Pardon and Parole Board
    For more information on the campaign, go to http://www.aiusa.org or gfadp.org
    On March 28, 2011, the US Supreme Court failed to take up the appeal of Troy Davis. AND NOW HIS EXECUTION HAS BEEN SET FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21.

    TELL THE GEORGIA GOV., LEGISLATURE, PARDONS AND PAROLE BOARD, PRESIDENT OBAMA, ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER, CONGRESS AND THE MEDIA:
    STOP THE EXECUTION OF TROY DAVIS!

    Please join the online campaign to STOP THE EXECUTION! FREE TROY DAVIS NOW!
    YOUR EMERGENCY ACTION IS NEEDED NOW! Click HERE to Sign the Online Petition

    Tell Gov. Deal and the Georgia Pardons and Parole Board:

    STOP THE EXECUTION! FREE TROY DAVIS!

    On March 28, 2011, the US Supreme Court failed to take up the appeal of Troy Anthony Davis, the Savannah, Ga. man whose scheduled execution has been halted three times in the past because of the growing evidence and public belief in his innocence. AND NOW HIS EXECUTION HAS BEEN SET FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21.

    Troy Davis is an African American on death row in Georgia. Davis was convicted in the 1989 killing of a police officer despite what Amnesty International calls “overwhelming doubts about his guilt.” No physical forensic evidence was presented at Davis’ trial, and 7 of the 9 non-police witnesses have recanted their testimony, with at least two saying they were pressured by police to finger Davis as the killer.

    CLICK HERE TO TAKE ACTION NOW to let the Georgia Parole Board, Governor, Legislature, and congressional delegation as well as President Obama, U.N. Secretary-General Ban, Congressional leaders and members of the media know you demand No Execution of Troy Davis!

    Your messages will go to hundreds of public officials, including the Governor of Georgia, the entire Georgia legislature, each member of the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, the full Georgia Congressional delegation, as well as President Obama, Attorney General Holder, Congressional leaders, U.N. Secretary-General Ban, and national and local media representatives.

    SIGN ONLINE PETITION AT iacenter.org/troydavis

    The text of the message reads as follows (you will have the opportunity to edit it if you wish):

    To: Governor Deal, Georgia Pardons and Parole Board, Georgia Legislature, Georgia Congressional Delegation, President Obama, Attorney General Holder, Congressional Leaders, U.N. Secretary General Ban

    cc: members of the media

    STOP THE EXECUTION OF TROY DAVIS, NOW SET FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21!

    On March 28, 2011, the US Supreme Court failed to take up the appeal of Troy Anthony Davis, the Savannah, Ga. man whose scheduled execution has been halted three times in the past because of the growing evidence and public belief in his innocence. He was convicted solely on eye witness testimony, and 7 of the 9 non-police witnesses have since recanted, several alleging that police coerced them into making false statements.

    I join with millions in the US and around the world in demanding that you stop the execution of Troy Davis. Serious doubt remains. I call on all those with authority and influence in this decision to grant clemency to Troy Anthony Davis and overturn the death sentence.

    Innocence matters to me. Justice matters to everyone.

    I urge you to act now.

    Sincerely,

    SIGN ONLINE PETITION AT iacenter.org/troydavis

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  2. BREAKING: The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denies clemency to Troy Davis.

    It is with a very heavy heart and a deep sense of outrage that I let you know that the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles voted to deny clemency to Troy Davis.

    This means that very little is standing in the way of the state of Georgia executing a potentially innocent man this Wednesday, September 21 st at 7pm.

    The actions of the Board are astounding in the face of so much doubt in the case against Troy Davis. However, we are not prepared to accept the decision and let anyone with the power to stop the execution off the hook.

    Join us in calling on the Board to reconsider its decision, and on the Chatham County (Savannah) District Attorney Larry Chisolm to do the right thing. They have until the final moments before Troy’s scheduled execution to put the brakes on this runaway justice system.

    We have seen an unprecedented level of support from our members, coalition partners and all sorts of concerned individuals across the political spectrum.

    I was blown away as I carried one of the many boxes containing your petition signatures up to the Parole Board office last Thursday. Close to a million signatures have been collected from the many organizations working with us. I looked back as we were marching down Auburn Avenue in Atlanta Friday night and I could not see an end to the crowd. About 3,500 people came out!

    The movement here is very alive. It is electric. And I have no doubt that we will raise the volume together against what could be an unthinkable injustice.

    Join your voices with us – we will not allow Troy Davis to be executed, not in our names! Troy Davis and his family have counted on us for many years now and we will not let them down. Please take action – human rights and a human life are on the line. Please contact Georgia’s District Attorney and urge him to stop the execution of Troy Davis.

    Make the state of Georgia hear you! Tell them that executing Troy Davis will only deepen the cycle of violence and injustice.

    In Solidarity,
    Laura Moye
    Director, Death Penalty Abolition Campaign
    Amnesty International USA

    P.S. We’ll be organizing a Day of Protest today to express our outrage at the recent decision to deny Troy Davis clemency. And on Wednesday (Sept. 21), we’re calling for a Day of Vigil on Troy’s impending execution date. If you are able to organize locally for either of these events, please tell us about your plans.

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