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!