Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Justice For Troy Davis!

This is article from BET's website on the trial of Troy Davis. I did not have time to write my honest opinion on the evidence of the case as well as the court system for Davis' trial. But all I can say at the moment is that the justice system is flawed. And who knows who is the next in line. After reading this aritcle please sign the petition to help Troy Davis and show DA Larry Chisolm there is a another option besides killing a man. Link to petition:

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Troy Davis and Supporters Fighting Until the End

With his Wednesday evening execution looming, Davis and his supporters still hope for a miracle.

By Naeesa Aziz

Posted: 09/21/2011 09:25 AM EDT

Filed Under Troy Davis

As preparations are being made for Troy Davis’s 7 p.m. execution Wednesday night, Davis, his defense team and his supporters have all vowed not to give up their push to set aside his death sentence.

Following the Georgia pardon and parole board's denial of clemency Tuesday, the NAACP and Amnesty International gathered on the steps of the Georgia State Capitol to rally in support of Davis and condemn the board’s decision. Both organizations asked supporters to keep pressure on District Attorney Larry Chisolm and ask that he stop the execution and they have planned additional protests and vigils ahead of the execution.

Amnesty International has dubbed Wednesday, Sept. 21 a “Day of Vigil,” and the organization is asking supporters to wear black arm bands in support of Davis and inform others about his plight. Similarly, the NAACP is calling on members to join them in solidarity, prayer and fasting on Wednesday, suggesting supporters gather with friends and family to talk about Davis’s life.

Davis’s lawyers plan to file another last minute appeal Wednesday morning, asking a judge to block the execution on the grounds that the ballistic testing that linked Davis to the shooting was flawed. Additionally, Davis has asked state prison officials and the pardons board if they would allow a polygraph test before the execution to prove his innocence. (Click on these links to sign Amnesty International and the NAACP's petitions to save Troy Davis.)

As it stands now, Davis is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m EST.

Davis has refused his last meal and plans to spend his final hours in the company of friends, family and supporters. The Associated Press reports that late Tuesday Davis was upbeat and prayerful.

The controversy surrounding Davis’s execution stems from his 1991 conviction of the murder of Georgia police officer Mark MacPhail. His conviction rested solely upon eyewitness testimony and all but two of the original non-police witnesses have recanted or contradicted their testimony implicating Davis as the shooter. Additionally, no murder weapon was ever found nor is there any DNA evidence or fingerprints linking Davis to the crime. Davis’s defense and advocates in support of Davis say that there exists too much doubt over whether Davis actually committed the crime.

(Photo: AP /Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Curtis Compton)

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