Friday, September 05, 2008

Troy Davis scheduled to be executed September 23.

Justice matters, stop the imminent execution of Troy Davis!

Troy Davis is 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.

Take action right now to stop this execution!

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.

Take action and then forward this action to ten friends!

On July 16, 2007, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles stayed 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). 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 be true to its words and prevent this execution from proceeding!

In solidarity,

Sue Gunawardena- Vaughn
Director, Death Penalty Abolition Campaign
Amnesty International USA

Take action for Troy Davis. Just go to the LINKS on the right and there are probably several with good links but the easiest may be NCADP Go there and see ACT NOW!
Greg Wright's state killing was just stayed! But you will find TROY DAVIS ACT NOW! and several others. Thanks for doing this!

Update late evening:

News just came that today the Board of Pardons and Paroles granted Troy Davis a new hearing.

The board held a lengthy hearing on the Davis case last summer. Board members said they want to know more about witnesses who have recanted the testimony they gave at trial about the 1989 murder of the off-duty policeman.

Davis’ claims to innocence became known worldwide, and even garnered a request from Pope Benedict XVI that Davis be given a life sentence with no parole, as opposed to a death sentence.

The struggle is not over yet though! Pls. keep writing to the Board urging them to stop the execution

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