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:
- Write a letter to the editor calling on Georgia to stop the execution of Troy Davis!
- Call on the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to reconsider its previous decision and grant clemency to Troy Davis.
- Urge your friends and family to go to amnestyusa.org/troydavis or text TROY to 90999 to add their voices to the over 200,000 that have already taken action on this case.
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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and now old SjP ain't got nothin' more to say...