The state of Georgia has set Troy Davis’ execution date for September 21st at 7pm in Jackson, Georgia.
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear his final appeal earlier this year. But the story remains the same – Troy Davis could very well be innocent. Davis was convicted on the basis of witness testimony – seven of the nine original witnesses have since recanted or changed their testimony.
One witness said in a CNN news interview: “If I knew then, what I know now, Troy Davis would not be on death row.”
Troy Davis is at risk of execution as early as this September, even though grave doubts about his guilt remain. In March of this year, the U.S. Supreme Court, despite having ordered a special hearing, flat-out refused to hear Davis’ appeal!
The case of Troy Davis is a painfully clear example of the many flaws of the death penalty. Serious doubts about guilt have persisted, yet many people have still not heard about this incredible case more fit for a legal thriller than reality:
A flawed investigation, alleged witness coercion, police “tunnel vision”, flimsy evidence, and a clumsy legal system that cannot seem to do the right thing.
Amnesty International USA has released a four-part video series, “A Life in the Balance: Examining the Troy Davis Case” to educate the public about the case. Check it out and spread the word.
URGENT ACTION APPEAL
12 April 2011
UA 110/11- Imminent execution
USA – Troy Davis
Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis is facing the possibility of his fourth execution date in four years after the US Supreme Court dismissed his appeal on 28 March. Doubts persist about his guilt in the crime for which he was sentenced to death two decades ago.
Troy Davis was sentenced to death in 1991 for the murder of police officer Mark Allen MacPhail in Savannah, Georgia in 1989. No physical evidence directly links Davis to the murder – no murder weapon was ever found. The case against Davis primarily rested on witness testimony. Since his trial, seven of nine key witnesses have recanted or changed their testimony, some alleging police coercion.
Amnesty International Media Release
For Immediate Release
Monday, March 28, 2011
Amnesty International Deeply Disappointed by Supreme Court’s Decision Rejecting Troy Davis Appeal
Contact: AIUSA media relations office, 202-509-8194, or Laura Moye, 202-675-8582
(Washington, D.C.) — Laura Moye, Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) death penalty abolition campaign director, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today to reject Troy Davis’ appeal of the federal district court’s ruling that Davis did not prove his innocence:
“Amnesty International is extremely disappointed that the Supreme Court rejected Troy Davis’ appeal. It appears that the justice system is comfortable allowing someone to be executed when there are lingering doubts about guilt in the case. No objective person could confidently determine that Davis is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt from the evidence available now in his case. That leaves an ominous cloud hanging over an irreversible sentence such as the death penalty.
Amnesty International USA
August 24, 2010
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL GRAVELY CONCERNED THAT RULING
PUTS TROY DAVIS ON TRACK FOR EXECUTION; CITES PERSISTING DOUBTS ABOUT HIS GUILT
(Washington, D.C.) – Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) today expressed deep concern that a federal district court decision puts Georgia death-row inmate Troy Anthony Davis back on track for execution, despite doubts about his guilt that were raised during a June evidentiary hearing. Judge William T. Moore, Jr. ruled that while executing an innocent person would violate the United States Constitution, Davis didn’t meet the extraordinarily high legal bar to prove his innocence.
“Nobody walking out of that hearing could view this as an open-and-shut case,” said Larry Cox, executive director of AIUSA. “The testimony that came to light demonstrates that doubt still exists, but the legal bar for proving innocence was set so high it was virtually insurmountable. It would be utterly unconscionable to proceed with this execution, plain and simple.”