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UPDATE: The US Supreme Court has refused to take up the case of a Georgia death-row inmate who says the courts have denied him an opportunity to prove his innocence even after seven of nine trial witnesses changed their testimony.

"The Supreme Court's decision is truly shocking, given that significant evidence of Davis' innocence will never have a chance to be examined. Faulty eyewitness identification is the leading cause of wrongful convictions, and the hallmark of Davis' case. This was an opportunity for the Court to clarify the constitutionality of putting the innocent to death –- and in Davis' case, his innocence could only be determined with a new hearing or trial." Larry Cox, executive director for Amnesty International.

The state of Georgia can still do the responsible thing and prevent the execution of Troy Davis:


Although the U.S. Supreme Court issued orders today to address numerous appeals today, Troy Anthony Davis's was not among the orders. Georgia death-row inmate, Troy Anthony Davis, who continues to claim his innocence will have to wait until Friday at the earliest to learn his fate. The high court said it will meet in a private conference on Friday to consider Davis's appeal.

Davis is appealing a ruling by a sharply split Georgia Supreme Court. His lawyers are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare that the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment bars the execution of the innocent and requires at least a court hearing to assess recantation evidence. Source

Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (GFADL) are asking that the Supreme Court NOT be contacted on behalf of Davis as doing so detrimental. Further, they have stopped sending letters to the Parole Board, Governor or Attorney General. They do, however, give a list of activities and campaigns conducted on Davis's behalf.

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I am keeping my fingers crossed.

October 6, 2008 at 11:31 PM

I wrote the following about Troy Davis on my blog

"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals."
--Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This morning, the daddy got out of bed, made coffee, and sipped it out on his patio. Then, with java still in hand, he strolled leisurely around his backyard, smelling flowers and listening to birds.

Then the image of a round, speckled-face Troy Davis came into his head, this almost nerdy looking guy who, had he not been arrested and convicted, could have been someone's smart lawyer defending him or her in court, or some community librarian sitting behind a desk. This is the same Troy Davis who, last week, was saved by the U.S. Supreme Court just two hours before he was put to death by the racist parole board of Georgia. The same Troy Davis who is awaiting to hear if the same court that saved him last week (the U.S. Supreme Court) will, in a few days or a couple of weeks, say they will NOT hear his case, signaling to the racist Georgia Parole board to go ahead and execute him...

The same Troy Davis who not only can't grab a cup of coffee and walk around his backyard; he can't even leave his cell.

The Villager over at Electronic Village says, "It is up to us to share information with our blog readers that they might not find elsewhere." The daddy agrees and adds, "Keep Troy Davis in the front of their minds and in the center of your hearts until he is liberated from prison and can walk in his own backyard, smell the flowers and hear the birds sing again.

October 7, 2008 at 1:05 PM

Love your new layout!

Thanks for posting on this. The Troy Davis case is but another reason that the death penalty should be abolished.

This man's case has serious holes in it, but if the state had their way, he'd have been dead before anyone even had a change to investigate further.

October 8, 2008 at 2:16 AM

@ Clnmike, fingers crossed with heads bowed on bended knees...

@ MacDaddy, much obliged for keeping Troy's efforts in focus.

@ Ajuan, much obliged! Had to do something with that old layout. Feels like a new house :>).

Yes, we must keep the focus on this case. I just don't know how the SC would be able to deny his appeal. But, as we know-stranger things have happened.

October 8, 2008 at 2:21 AM

Hey rhere!

Thank you for following this case closely!

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!

October 8, 2008 at 7:37 PM

I hope all goes well for him

October 10, 2008 at 11:39 AM

SjP, just got your comment about the Supreme Court not hearing Davis' case. Sad news, for him and for the country. I'll post again and ask others to do the same.

October 15, 2008 at 9:14 PM
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