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Amnesty Int’l: Georgia may execute innocent man

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Take a moment to consider the case of Troy Davis, a black man on death row in Georgia. He was convicted of the murder of a police officer solely on the testimony of nine witnesses. No weapon. No physical evidence.

And now, seven of the nine witnesses have recanted or contradicted their testimony. Many have stated in sworn affidavits that they were pressured or coerced by police. One of the remaining two is the alternate suspect, and new evidence implicates him as the gunman.

But the Georgia Supreme Court has rejected Mr. Davis’ request for a re-trial, 4-3.

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Troy Davis

On Monday, March 17, 2008, the Georgia Supreme Court decided 4-3 to deny a new trial for Troy Anthony Davis, despite significant concerns regarding his innocence. Today’s stunning decision by the Georgia Supreme Court to let Mr. Davis’ death sentence stand means that the state of Georgia might soon execute a man who well may be innocent. Please take action today.

There was no physical evidence against him and the weapon used in the crime was never found. The case against him consisted entirely of witness testimony … all but two of the state’s non-police witnesses from the trial have recanted or contradicted their testimony. Many of these witnesses have stated in sworn affidavits that they were pressured or coerced by police

One of the two witnesses who has not recanted his testimony is Sylvester “Red” Coles – the principle alternative suspect, against whom there is new evidence implicating him as the gunman. Nine individuals have signed affidavits implicating Sylvester Coles.

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Amnesty International is a credible source. They have provided links that allow you to act on Mr. Davis’ behalf.

Jesus read from Isaiah as he announced the beginning of his work:

God’s Spirit is on me; he’s chosen me to preach the Message of good news to the poor, Sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, To set the burdened and battered free, to announce, “This is God’s year to act!”

It is no secret that black men in America often receive more severe sentences than whites convicted of the same crime. In this case, with the evidence evaporating but plans to execute advancing, I’m acting. Click the link called “take action today” to learn more.

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Written by Monte

March 18, 2008 at 4:00 pm

Posted in human worth, Race

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  1. Monte,
    The naysayers to the execution of copkiller Davis keep talking about the loads of evidence that acquit Davis. But they provide not a stitch of it. Where is it? All of the witnesses who are recanting have had significant pressure put on them from the community, so that is hardly proof. of course then it comes back to ‘bad cops’ and racism. Why is it that if people get the verdict they desire it is justice, but if not, it is racism? Unbelievable!


    September 26, 2008 at 7:26 am

  2. […] date set despite recanting of witnesses September 6, 2008 — Monte I wrote of Troy Davis some time back; many of you responded, and it looked like fairness might prevail.  But now Amnesty International […]

  3. Oh Monte,
    I didn’t see this when you first posted it…I use a live feed and I just saw the last thing you posted yesterday…I’m so glad I came back upon it. Thank you so much. I signed up with Amnesty International, an organization I’m familiar with and happy to be on their mailing list and have sent my objection to what is happening to Mr. Davis.

    Monte Says: Thanks, gk! We have a little bit of influence, together. Why does it not surprise me that you knew about this before I did?


    March 19, 2008 at 4:04 pm

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