A former FBI director and Rev. Al Sharpton are one of the many figures who are calling on the state of Georgia for a stay on the execution of death row inmate Troy Davis.
“Serious questions about Mr. Davis’ guilt, highlighted by witness recantations, allegations of police coercion, and a lack of relevant physical evidence, continue to plague his conviction,” said former FBI director, William S. Sessions.
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Davis, whose execution is scheduled for September 21st at 7 p.m., has garnered the support of Pope Benedict XVI, former President Jimmy Carter and the leadership of the NAACP and Amnesty International.
Rev. Al Sharpton is scheduled to rally and hold daily candlelight vigils starting this Friday in Atlanta in opposition to the scheduled execution of Davis.
In 1991, Davis was convicted — based solely on witness testimony — of murdering a Georgia police officer. Despite prevalent inconsistencies even at that time, he remains on death row till this day. In the years since the trial, seven out of nine witnesses have recanted their statements and many assert that they were pressured into fingering Davis as the killer by overly-eager police trying to solve a case involving one of their own. One witness even stated that he never saw Davis shoot or kill anyone.
Scheduled dates for rallies:
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011
Rev. Al Sharpton will speak at Ebenezer Baptist Church
407 Auburn Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30312
Thursday – Sunday, September 15-18, 2011
7:00pm – 8:00pm
State Board of Pardons and Paroles
2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SE
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
The Atlanta Chapter of National Action Network, members of the clergy, community activists and supporters will hold vigils daily until September 18th to appeal for clemency for Troy Davis.