Help Stay the Execution of Troy Davis

Please take a minute to sign online petition to help stay the execution of an innocent man…

Troy Davis was convicted of murdering a Georgia police officer in 1991. Nearly two decades later, Davis remains on death row – even though the case against him has completely fallen apart. Troy Davis was sentenced to death for the murder of Police Officer Mark Allen MacPhail at a Burger King in Savannah, Georgia in 1991; a murder he maintains he did not commit. There was no physical evidence against him and the weapon used in the crime was never found. The case against him consisted entirely of witness testimony which contained inconsistencies even at the time of the trial. Since then, all but two of the state’s non-police witnesses from the trial have recanted or contradicted their testimony. Many of these witnesses have stated in sworn affidavits that they were pressured or coerced by police into testifying or signing statements against Troy Davis.

The U.S. Supreme Court will be discussing the case of Troy Davis on June 25. If they deny him, the State of Georgia could move to seek yet another execution date. We have to show the world is watching. Go to www.nodeathpenalty.org for more info. Here are a number of online actions you can take:

Sign the online petition, asking recently-elected Savannah DA Larry Chisholm and other decision-makers to “Investigate the Injustice”. Mr. Chisholm has the authority to re-open the investigation:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/17/investigate-the-injustice

CONCERNED PROFESSORS FOR TROY DAVIS has also launched a petition campaign at Mr. Chisholm, already signed by Angela Davis, Howard Zinn, & Noam Chomsky. All professors should sign. Please fwd widely:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/concerned-professors-for-troy-davis

Amnesty International has issued a new petition to Chisolm for Troy: http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/index.aspx?c=jhKPIXPCIoE&b=2590179&template=x.ascx&action=12361

For more background information on the case: http://www.amnestyusa.org/death-penalty/troy-davis-finality-over-fairness/troy-davis-background/page.do?id=1121074

And the NAACP has a petition calling on the Georgia prison system to allow the media to talk to Troy: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/2446/t/4676/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=1616

For more background information on the case: http://www.amnestyusa.org/death-penalty/troy-davis-finality-over-fairness/troy-davis-background/page.do?id=1121074

The movement to save Troy continues to gain momentum! Below is an article about Congressmen John Lewis and Hank Johnson’s call that justice be done for Troy. You can add your voice too!

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http://www.ajc.com/services/content/metro/stories/2009/05/29/Troy_Davis_black_leaders.html

ajc.com > Metro
Troy Davis innocent, say congressmen Lewis, Johnson

They say they’re committed to saving life of accused cop killer
By ERRIN HAINES
Associated Press
Friday, May 29, 2009

JACKSON, Ga. — After meeting for nearly two hours with death row inmate Troy Davis on Friday, two Georgia congressmen and the president of the NAACP said they are convinced of his innocence and committed to saving his life.

Congressmen John Lewis and Hank Johnson said they plan to return to Washington to pursue other legal means to resolving Davis’ case, which is currently back in the U.S. Supreme Court on appeal. NAACP President Ben Jealous said the case is now a national priority for the organization.

“This case stands out,” Jealous said during a news conference after he met with Davis. “Something’s wrong in Chatham County.”

Davis was convicted in the 1989 killing of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail but his guilt was put in question after several witnesses from his trial changed their testimony. Supporters are calling for a new trial for Davis, 40, who has been incarcerated for nearly two decades.

Prosecutors, meanwhile, consider the case closed and cast doubt on the new evidence. Former Savannah District Attorney Spencer Lawton has said the new testimony is “very difficult to believe” because it could have been manipulated.

Lewis said he has considered asking for a presidential pardon for Davis, but has not yet spoken to President Barack Obama about intervening in the case. When he returns to Washington next week, Lewis said he plans to talk to the chairmen of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to discuss possible legislation related to Davis’ case.

On May 22, two dozen congressmen — including Lewis and Johnson — sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder about Davis’ case, asking him to “take any action, open any investigation or simply use the persuasion of your office to ensure that a grave injustice is not done in Georgia” and said MacPhail’s death “brought the ire and rage of a city that still bore the scars of segregation, Jim Crow and the Civil Rights movement.”

“One man cannot stand in the place of another to placate some generic cry for quick justice through abbreviated investigation,” reads the letter, which was also sent to Chatham County District Attorney Larry Chisholm and Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker.

MacPhail, who was working off-duty as a security guard at a bus station, rushed to help a homeless man who had been pistol-whipped at a nearby parking lot. The 27-year-old was shot twice when he approached Davis and two other men. Witnesses identified Davis as the shooter in the 1991 trial. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

Johnson, who wrote a letter to the state parole board in 2007 asking for clemency for Davis, said on Friday that Davis encouraged the group who came to visit him, and led them in prayer.

“There was a railroading of Troy Davis, but we got our own train now,” Johnson said. “The train is picking up momentum. We can’t bring Officer MacPhail back, but we can prevent a diabolical injustice from taking place.”

Jealous said Davis’ case would be on the NAACP’s agenda leading up to their annual convention in July, adding that the organization has contacted more than 400,000 activists online.

Davis’ sister, Martina Correia, said she was encouraged that others were now telling his story.

“For almost 20 years, I’ve been trying to get somebody to listen,” said Correia. “Now we have the world watching and the state of Georgia still wants to be defiant.”

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