Innocent until proven guilty: Troy Davis Rally tomorrow

There’s been a fair bit of media attention devoted to the case of Troy Davis recently. Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed in Georgia on October 27 for killing a police officer – despite OVERWHELMING doubts about his guilt.

Of the nine witnesses who testified against him, seven of them have recanted their statements or contradicted their own testimonies. Additionally, several of these witnesses have said they were coerced by the police to give the testimony they did. Of the other two witnesses, one is Sylvester Coles, the principal alternative suspect; nine individuals have signed affidavits implicating Sylvester Coles. Nevertheless, Troy Davis has not been able to get a new trial and will be executed next week. Read more about the case on the Amnesty website or on Wikipedia.

Did Sylvester Coles commit this crime? Did Troy Davis commit this crime? I don’t know, but I don’t think the state of Georgia does, either. If you think we shouldn’t kill a possibly innocent man, come to tomorrow’s rally:

What: Rally & Emergency Write/Call-a-thon (call the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles on your cell, or write letters)
When: Lunchtime tomorrow, Thursday Oct. 23
Where: Usdan courtyard (we’ll move inside if it’s too cold)

Sponsored by Amnesty International and SDS.

[Edit 10/24/08, 1:53 pm]
Thanks everyone! Another stay has been issued for Troy Davis’ execution. It’s possible he may be able to have further appeals. Thanks for your help in making sure Georgia knows it’s being watched critically!

20 thoughts on “Innocent until proven guilty: Troy Davis Rally tomorrow

  1. Anonymous

    This man is guilty, and if the courts allow those “witnesses” who changed their story, they should all be charged with Purjury, and they should get all the consequences that come with it.

  2. Anonymous

    This man is guilty, and if the courts allow those “witnesses” who changed their story, they should all be charged with Purjury, and they should get all the consequences that come with it.

  3. Anonymous

    how about we don’t kill any men at all”If you think we shouldn’t kill a possibly innocent man”

  4. Anonymous

    how about we don’t kill any men at all

    “If you think we shouldn’t kill a possibly innocent man”

  5. Anonymous

    so, the chalking around campus says “free troy davis.” call me conservative, but i think the call should be to retry troy davis. it does seem from the statement here 9this is all i’ve ever heard of this case) that the original trial was less than perfect. but that does not mean troy davis is innocent. davis was found guilty by a jury of his peers. that is how we assess guilt in this country. if the first trial was mismanaged he should be tried again, not turned loose.

  6. Anonymous

    so, the chalking around campus says “free troy davis.” call me conservative, but i think the call should be to retry troy davis. it does seem from the statement here 9this is all i’ve ever heard of this case) that the original trial was less than perfect. but that does not mean troy davis is innocent. davis was found guilty by a jury of his peers. that is how we assess guilt in this country. if the first trial was mismanaged he should be tried again, not turned loose.

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