Troy Anthony Davis, 23, is set to be executed in the state of Georgia despite his strong claim of innocence. He was sentenced to death for the murder of Savannah, Georgia police officer Mark Allen MacPhail on questionable eyewitness testimony. Seven out of nine witnesses have recanted or contradicted their testimony, no murder weapon was found, and no physical evidence links Davis to the crime. The NAACP is calling on supporters to send letters and emails to Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue asking him to commute Davis’ sentence. The courts are refusing to consider the new evidence despite the overwhelming amount of facts that indicate that Mr. Davis, an African American man, is innocent.
Thousands Will Protest Execution Of Troy Davis, May 19, 2009
Thousands of people in 43 U.S. states and on five continents around the world are expected to join hands today, symbolically, to protest the death sentence of Georgia death-row inmate Troy Davis. According to Amnesty International, the “Global Day of Action” (find a rally near you) will bring attention – and hopefully pressure – on the state of Georgia to reconsider its decision.
“With Troy’s case you have three execution dates that have come and gone,” Jared Feuer told BET.com, pointing out that Davis has supporters all around the world, including former President Jimmy Carter, the Pope and former Republican Congressman Bob Barr.
“That’s unusual. There have been three stays. The public attention and pressure on this case is making a difference. There have been more than half a million petitions and letters from all around the world.”
Feuer says Amnesty International got involved with Davis’ case about six years ago because Davis was convicted without the presence of any physical evidence. He said no murder weapon was ever found and the case against him was built solely on witness testimony and several of those contained inconsistencies. In fact, seven of the nine witnesses, he adds, have recanted their statements.
“This case brings front and center all the problems with our criminal justice system,” says Feuer. “We’ve been astonished by how focused the courts are on finality and not on getting it right.”