Criminal injustice: the execution of an innocent man

storyimage_thumb_troydavis2.jpg This Monday, on March 16, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that Troy Davis would not get a new trial. He has been on death row for nearly 15 years, having been convicted and sentenced to die for the shooting of a police officer. After many witnesses changed their stories — seven out of nine recanted their initial statements, claiming police pressure, among other reasons — the Georgia Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal for new trial for Troy Davis. A few days before his planned execution, the state Board of Pardons and Paroles granted a stay of up to 90 days, to allow the consideration of new evidence.

Although the jury in the original trial was working with hopelessly tainted evidence — two of the jurors have declared that if they knew then what they know now, they would never have voted to convict Troy Davis — the court decided in a 4-3 decision that the jury’s verdict couldn’t be disregarded. One judge, Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears, wrote in her dissent: “If recantation testimony … shows convincingly that prior trial testimony was false, it simply defies all logic and morality to hold that it must be disregarded categorically.”

Please go to Amnesty International to help save Troy Davis’s life.


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  1. Pingback: Remember Troy Davis? « on the wall

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