Stop the Execution of Troy Davis

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Kim Muellers ’12 writes in:

As some of you might know, Troy Davis has been on death row in Georgia for the past 20 years for the murder of a police officer, despite surmounting evidence suggesting his innocence. His sentence was based purely on eyewitness testimony, and during the course of his trial 7 out of 9 witnesses have recanted their accusations. Although Amnesty International and other human rights’ activists have repeatedly expressed their outrage at the Georgia Supreme Court’s decision to sentence Davis to the death penalty, disregarding this serious lack of evidence of his guilt.

After years of delaying Davis’ execution date, on one occasion only hours before the scheduled time of execution, the Georgia court has set his execution for tomorrow, Sept. 21 at 7pm EDT. Despite condemnations by Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu, Pope Benedict XVI and many others worldwide, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied clemency to Davis, and unless District Attorney Larry Chisolm vacates the death warrant, a man who is quite possibly innocent will be executed tomorrow evening.

Amnesty International is currently urging the DA to withdraw the death warrant and support clemency for Davis through several actions. To join their efforts, I hope you will all take a few minutes to do at least one of the following:

1. Sign Amnesty’s email petition DA Chisolm asking him to take immediate action: http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=6oJCLQPAJiJUG&b=6645049&aid=516533
2. Call the DA’s office at 912-652-7308 (or fax  912-652-7328 ) to personally express your support for Davis’ clemency.

Thank you for your support in fighting this unconscionable failure of the US justice system.

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