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Supreme Court stays Troy Davis execution until Monday

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Stay issued less than two hours before scheduled execution. Further decisions expected on Monday.
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Supreme Court Gives Last-Minute Reprieve to Death Row Prisoner Troy Davis

Troy Davis (photo: aiusa)

The Supreme Court has stayed the execution of the Georgia death row prisoner Troy Davis. The decision came less than two hours before Davis was set to be killed Tuesday night. An African American, Davis was convicted for the 1989 killing of a white police officer, Mark Allen McPhail. But since the trial, seven of the nine non-police witnesses have recanted their testimony. There is no direct physical evidence tying Davis to the crime scene. And three witnesses claim another man later admitted to the killing. The stay is in effect until Monday, when the Supreme Court will decide whether to hear Davis’s appeal for a new trial. If the Court refuses, Georgia would be free to proceed with Davis’s execution. If the appeal is granted, Davis’s execution would remain on hold until the Supreme Court makes a final ruling.

supporters include former President Jimmy Carter, Congress member John Lewis, and the South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu
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See related post Execution scheduled despite recanting of witnesses.

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September 24, 2008 at 11:17 pm

Execution date set despite recanting of witnesses

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I wrote of Troy Davis some time back; many of you responded, and it looked like fairness might prevail.  But now Amnesty International USA says that execution of Mr. Davis is imminent and the Georgia Supreme Court will not allow a new trial, despite the recanting of nearly all the witnesses and the absence of physical evidence. Details are below, from AIUSA. I urge you to add your name to those calling for justice.

Is it any of our business? You tell me:

The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.
Proverbs 29:6-8 (NIV)

Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed.
Isaiah 1:17 (NIV)

I’ve been close enough to injustice that I’m certain any of our sons could be in this situation, even if perfectly innocent (and two or three times that likelihood if we happen to be non-white).

If Troy Davis was my son, I’d be mighty grateful if you tried to help.

EXECUTION DATE SET: SEPTEMBER 23 AT 7 p.m.

Troy Davis (photo: aiusa)

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. This 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 may well be innocent.
» Read AIUSA’s press release

Restrictions on Federal appeals have prevented Troy Anthony Davis from having a hearing in federal court on the reliability of the witness testimony used against him […]

Troy Davis was sentenced to death for the murder of Police Officer Mark Allen MacPhail at a Burger King in Savannah, Georgia; a murder he maintains he did not commit. 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 which contained inconsistencies even at the time of the trial. Since then, 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 into testifying or signing statements against Troy Davis.

One of the two witnesses who has not recanted his testimony is Sylvester “Red” Coles – the principle alternative suspect, according to the defense, against whom there is new evidence implicating him as the gunman. Nine individuals have signed affidavits implicating Sylvester Coles.
| Print a fact sheet on Troy Davis’ case
| Read more about innocence on Georgia’s death row
| Read the European Parliament Resolution on Troy’s Case
| Visit Troy Davis’ website

Read the report: Where is the justice for me?: The case of Troy Davis, facing execution in Georgia

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles will hold a clemency hearing on Friday, September 12.

» TAKE ACTION! Send a letter to the Georgia Board of Pardon and Paroles


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September 6, 2008 at 5:49 pm

Khatami’s statement of June 21, translated by Naj

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Naj writes: (please forgive typos and grammatical errors, in RUSH before running to work, feel free to edit and cross post)

In the name of God, the kind and the merciful,
People’s participation is one of the grand achievements of the Islamic Revolution, which must be guarded and expanded. This magnificent presence, from all sectors and all ages and all professions, has a clear message that the people are the rightful owners of the country and the revolution. This message must be heard today; their silent protest and civil manners during these protests is an evidence of their maturity, vigilance and responsibility and it also reflects this unequivocal fact that the people are entitled to basic and specific rights that any government is obliged to respect. Provocative and insulting propaganda against a people who have always acted independently, and blaming their rightful movement to foreigners is in itself a sign of implementing wrong politics that cause further alienation of the people from the government. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 21, 2009 at 12:16 pm

Palm Sunday Rebellion

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Here’s the last half of my Palm Sunday sermon.  In the opening, I talked about how obvious it must have seemed to Jesus’ Palm Sunday followers that he was beginning a military coup.  Find out why at Disclosing New Worlds.


Sagrada Familia #6
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There’s no question in their minds that Jesus is there to conquer. And Jesus has intentionally played the part. He knows the local puppet governor will hear. He knows the Roman military machine will hear. And he knows he’s throwing rebellion in their faces.

How will tyrants respond? Think of shouts of “Free Tibet!” in Lhasa.  Or the student uprising in Tienanmen Square. Or singing the Chechen national anthem in public in Chechnya. Peasants pitching rebellion are crushed without mercy.

Extra troops were in Jerusalem during the Passover, in preparation for this very kind of thing. Passover, after all, was about the liberation of the Jews from a foreign government. The Romans would be putting on a show of force.

He’s come to wage war, all right – but no one is understanding what kind of war he’ll fight. The Romans are small potatoes to him – he’s waging war on death and darkness and power, and he’ll defeat them all.

But the crowd’s expecting literal war. And that’s not what Jesus does.

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How strange it is that everybody there makes that mistake, and we study it, and wonder how they can have missed it. And then our generation reads Revelation’s war-talk and assumes without question that Jesus’ will return in the future to fight a violent war. As McLaren observes, when Jesus comes back to fight, his mighty sword comes out of his mouth! I want to smack my head. How could I have overlooked the obviously metaphorical language used there?

Could we still be like the 1st century crowd, expecting Jesus to bring war? Could we be making the same mistake?  Doesn’t it matter that warfare is completely inconsistent with everything Jesus demonstrated?

But here’s another strange thing: It’s all outside the city.

See the last verse? He goes to the temple, looks around, heads for Bethany. Once inside the city, the acclaim is gone.

Outside of it, the crowds adore him. Inside of it – in the seat of religious power and government power – nobody shows up. As Lawrence Moore writes at Disclosing New Worlds: Read the rest of this entry »

Texas death sentence commuted

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A hurrah is due Texas Gov. Rick Perry and all the thousands who pressed for commutation.

clipped from www.chron.com

HUNTSVILLE, Texas
— Gov. Rick Perry accepted a recommendation from the state parole board and said Thursday he would spare condemned prisoner Kenneth Foster from execution and commute his sentence to life.Foster had been scheduled to die Thursday evening.”After carefully considering the facts of this case, along with the recommendation from the Board of Pardons and Paroles, I believe the right and just decision is to commute Foster’s sentence from the death penalty to life imprisonment,” Perry said in a statement.”I am concerned about Texas law that allowed capital murder defendants to be tried simultaneously and it is an issue I think the legislature should examine.”The seven-member parole board had voted 6-1 to recommend the commutation.

 

But I find the victory somewhat hollow: Should we really cage people forever for things they did as teen-agers? This kid is black (so, when busted, he probably gets a stiffer sentence than whites). His daddy was in jail on a drug charge. And when the shooting started, he was just 19.

Oh, man, your life!


Related posts: Carter, Tutu urge clemency for Foster
Non-murderer to be executed for murder in Texas
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August 30, 2007 at 2:47 pm

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