At 7pm he was given a temporary stay of execution whilst officials debated what to do in light of the publicity and anger over his execution. And then they decided to go ahead anyway, to execute - to murder - an innocent man.
62,000 people emailed the Parole Board to demand justice. When they started blocking emails from Amnesty, people emailed from their personal accounts. When they blocked all emails people started phoning and faxing until they took the phone off the hook. People were phoning and faxing the judges who approved the death warrant, the Supreme Court, and the White House.
We did the best that we could for Troy. And although we didn't save his life, we told the world about the injustice done to him. An injustice that can't be undone, can't be apologised for.
Troy said yesterday:
“The struggle for justice doesn’t end with me. This struggle is for all the Troy Davises who came before me and all the ones who will come after me.”
We will mourn Troy. But we should also honour his memory by continuing to fight for him, and for others in the same situation.
The justice system must be fixed,so that an innocent person can never again be put to death.
Fight with us.
Feel free to friend me here, or follow me on facebook or twitter (WendyAttwell) as I will be posting further updates and action on Troy's case and the US justice system/death penalty.
EDIT: Things are moving fast now. Parole Board are blocking ALL emails! Please fax or phone them, and also email/fax/phone the Judges who have the power to withdraw his death warrant. Details here http://blog.amnestyusa.org/deathpen
(Free fax service here http://faxzero.com/)
Thank you for caring.
Troy Davis was convicted of murdering a Georgia police officer in 1991. Nearly two decades later, Davis remains on death row — even though the case against him has fallen apart.
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.
Georgia's State Board of Pardons and Paroles has recently rejected Troy Davis' clemency petition. Troy continues to face execution on Wednesday Sept. 21 at 7 pm EDT (midnight Weds night UK time). Please take action before this time.
We cannot let an innocent man die.
Please take these two simple actions - asking the Parole Board to reconsider (they can change their mind at any time), and asking that Chatham County (Savannah) District Attorney Larry Chisolm step in and withdraw the death warrant.
Take action here
We can't let them kill an innocent man. This really is Troy's last chance.
Thank you for your support.
UPDATE: THE PAROLE BOARD ARE BLOCKING AMNESTY'S EMAILS, BUT YOU CAN STILL TAKE ACTION
Please forward the email below to the Parole Board at
Feel free to personalise the text or change the title of the email. We must keep the pressure on the Board, and let them know that the world is watching. Executing Troy would be an outrageous travesty against justice.
Please grant Troy Davis clemency
Pardons and Paroles webmaster
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
SE Suite 458
Dear Clemency Board members,
I call on the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles to take all steps necessary to ensure that Troy Anthony Davis is not executed.
You have voted to deny him clemency despite the fact that significant doubts continue to plague his conviction. You must reconsider and reverse this decision immediately.
Seven of the nine witnesses have changed their story and no physical evidence links Davis to the crime. No one should be executed, especially when there are so many doubts about guilt.
This case has generated widespread attention because so many people in Georgia and throughout the world are disturbed by the thought of a man being executed when so
much doubt about his guilt remains unresolved.
Nothing can undermine public faith in a criminal justice system faster than an execution when there are still serious doubts about guilt.
Georgia cannot afford to make such a mistake, and I urge you to do everything in your power to prevent this injustice from taking place.
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