BREAKING NEWS: Troy Davis Denied Clemency

Georgia’s State Board of Pardons and Paroles rejected Troy Davis’ clemency petition. As a result, Troy Davis continues to face execution on Wednesday, September 21, 2011, at 7 pm EST. As aptly stated by Laura Moye, Director, Death Penalty Abolition Campaign, Amnesty International, the action of the Georgia’s State Board of Pardons and Paroles is astounding in the face of so much doubt in the case against Troy Davis. Last week, close to a million signatures were collected requesting clemency for Troy Davis and presented to the Georgia’s State Board of Pardons and Paroles.

In response to the adverse decision made by the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Parole, Amnesty International sent an action alert asking that the public request that: the Board reconsider its decision; and demand that Chatham County (Savannah) District Attorney Larry Chisolm seek a withdrawal of the death warrant and support clemency himself.

As you may recall, Troy Davis was convicted on the basis of witness testimony – seven of the nine original witnesses have since recanted or changed their testimony. In its action alert, Amnesty reminded recipients that, “[Troy Davis] has survived
three previous execution dates, because people like you kept the justice system
in check! Let Georgia authorities know you oppose the death penalty for Troy Davis!” With that said, Amnesty International provides on its website opportunities to send an email to the District Attorney and the Georgia State Board of Pardons
and Paroles as well as to sign the clemency petition which has been signed by more
than 800,000 to date.

The email to the District Attorney reads as follows:

“I am writing to urge you to seek a withdrawal of the death warrant against Troy
Davis.  He has been denied clemency by the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles despite the fact that significant doubts continue to plague his conviction.  Executions when there are still substantial doubts about guilt should never be permitted to proceed, and the responsibility rests with you to ensure that does not happen in this case.

It would significantly undermine the credibility of the Georgia system of justice if an execution were carried out under such a persistent cloud of doubts about guilt. It would show a callous disregard for the very real possibility of putting an innocent person to death, and public faith Georgia’s commitment to a fair justice system would be shattered.

You have it in your power to prevent this affront to justice from happening. I urge
you to call for a withdrawal of Troy Davis’ death warrant without delay.”

You can sign the email online or write a personal letter to the district attorney. Contact Information Chatham County’s District Attorney’s Office: Phone/Fax: Telephone: 912-652-7308 or Fax: 912-652-7328. For further information and to take action please visit Amnesty website at http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org.

Source: Amnesty International. NAACP.

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