Let your voices be heard: â€œSend a Message of Support to Troy as he fights for justiceâ€¦â€
Â â€œThis is our justice system at its very worstâ€¦â€ â€“ Benjamin Todd Jealous, President & CEO, NAACP.
Davis was convicted for the alleged murder of Savannah, Georgia Police Officer Mark MacPhail in 1989.
Since his tenure on Death Row, a long list of prominent individuals has asked for clemency for Davis, noting doubts, contradictions in testimony and recantations by seven of the nine witnesses.
Prominent names and organizations that either asked for a new trial, evidentiary hearing, urged a stay of execution and/or fairness and accuracy or suggesting that Davisâ€™ life be spared, include Former President Jimmy Carter, Rev. Al Sharpton, U.S. Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., Pope Benedict XVI, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former Georgia Congressman and Presidential candidate Bob Barr, former FBI Director William Sessions, U.S. Congressman Sheila Jackson Lee, Singer Harry Belafonte, Actor Mike Farrell, Author Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walking), the NAACP and Amnesty International, among others.
Over the years, there were letter writing campaigns to Georgia and the Federal Court, although neutral to Davisâ€™ guilt or innocence.Â Â Â
When receiving news about Davisâ€™ new execution date, Benjamin Todd Jealous, President & CEO of the NAACP, Â in a statement said: â€œWeâ€™ve just received terrible news: The state of Georgia has set Troy Davisâ€™ execution date for midnight on September 21st, just two weeks from today.
â€This is our justice system at its very worst, and we are alive to witness it. There is just too much doubt.
â€Even though seven out of nine witnesses have recanted their statements, a judge labeled his own ruling as â€˜not ironcladâ€™ and the original prosecutor has voiced reservations about Davisâ€™ guilt, the state of Georgia is set to execute Troy anyway.
â€Time is running out, and this is truly Troy’s last chance for life.
â€But through the frustration and the tears, there is one thing to remain focused on: We are now Troy Davis’ only hope. And I know we won’t let him down,â€ said Jealous.
Jealous went on to point out three steps to help Troy Davis:
1. Send a message of support to Troy as he fights for justice on what may be the final days of his life:
2. Sign the name wall, if you haven’t already. And if you have, send it to your friends and family. Each name means a more united front for justice:
3. Make sure everyone knows about this injustice. Spread the word on Facebook and Twitter (using the hashtag #TooMuchDoubt) so that Troy Davis’s story can be heard. We still have a chance to save his life, but only if people are willing to speak out against injustice.
Said Jealous: â€Today, the state of Georgia has declared their intention to execute a man even though the majority of the people who put him on the row now say he is innocent and many implicate one of the other witnesses as the actual killer. Now that a date has been set, we cannot relent. We must redouble our efforts.
â€œThank you. Please act quickly and forward this message to all who believe the justice system defeats itself when it allows a man to be executed amid so much doubt.â€
Jealous added: â€œMany supporters see it as a terrible injustice. Especially since seven of the nine witnesses recanted their statements.â€
According to Wikipedia, at the trial in August 1991, the district attorney sought the death penalty. According to the prosecution, Davis had shot Michael Cooper, then met up with Redd Coles at a pool hall, pistol-whipped the homeless man Larry Young, and then killed Mark MacPhail. Trial witnesses Harriet Murray, Redd Coles, Dorothy Ferrell and Antoine Williams testified that Davis, wearing a white shirt, had struck Young and then shot MacPhail. Coles admitted arguing with Young but stated that Davis had hit him with a pistol. On cross-examination, Coles admitted that he also had a .38 pistol, but stated that he had given it to another man earlier that night. A neighbor of the Davis family, Jeffrey Sapp, testified that soon after the murder Davis had confessed to him. Kevin McQueen, a former fellow prisoner, testified that Davis had confessed to shooting MacPhail as he feared that the officer would connect him to the shooting of Cooper earlier in the evening. Cooper testified that he was inebriated when shot and said that Davis “don’t know me well enough to shoot me”.
You can get more details on Troy Davisâ€™ years on Death Row at www.wikipedia.org.