September 20, 2011 Update!!!
- Seven of nine witnesses against him have recanted their testimony,
- The judge called his own ruling “not ironclad,”
- There has never been any DNA evidence to connect Troy Davis to the crime,
- Other witnesses have come forward since the original trial and singled out another suspect.
- If nothing changes, Troy Davis will die on September 23, 2011 for a crime he most likely did not commit.
In August of 1989, based on the testimony of nine witnesses and despite his constant claims of innocence, Troy Davis was convicted of White police officer Mark MacPhail's murder and for shooting Micheal Cooper. MacPhail apparently was killed when trying to stop the assault of a homeless man. Cooper was shot in an earlier incident. No forensic evidence linked Davis to the crimes.
These four words helped establish our criminal justice system. But in a nation that prides itself on our belief in liberty and justice for all, why is Troy Davis -- with an overwhelming body of evidence pointing to his innocence -- facing execution?
Twenty years ago, Troy Davis was convicted of murdering a white police officer. Since then, seven of the nine witnesses recanted their statements, new witnesses have come forward identifying another man as the murderer, and the alleged murder weapon has still not been found.
You can help save Troy Davis' life today by standing up, adding your voice to our "name wall" and asking the Georgia Parole Board to commute his sentence:"
"Oppose the Death Penalty for Troy Davis
PS - I have never met Troy Davis, but I hope to do so.
Thank you for reading my blog today. Please be kind to yourself and to others. Share your visions of peace and justice with the world. Strive always to leave each place you visit the better for your having been there! - TCK