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Death-row inmate Troy Davis denied clemency

September 20, 2011

Troy Davis

“The Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole has denied clemency for death-row inmate Troy Davis. Davis was convicted of the 1989 killing of Savannah, Georgia, police officer Mark MacPhail.”

” He has been scheduled to die three times before, most recently in October 2008, when the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay two hours before he was to be executed. Since Davis’ conviction in 1991, seven of the nine witnesses against him have recanted or contradicted their testimony.”

“”It is unconscionable that the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied relief to Troy Davis. Allowing a man to be sent to death under an enormous cloud of doubt about his guilt is an outrageous affront to justice,” Amnesty International said in a statement Tuesday.

The NAACP and Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty had joined Amnesty International in organizing support for Davis, setting up about 300 rallies, vigils and events worldwide in the past week or so. In addition, they said that more than 1 million people have signed a petition in support of Davis’ bid to be exonerated.”

“While reviewing Davis’ claims of innocence last year, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia found that Davis ‘vastly overstates the value of his evidence of innocence.‘”

“‘Some of the evidence is not credible and would be disregarded by a reasonable juror,‘ Judge William T. Moore wrote in a 172-page opinion. ‘Other evidence that Mr. Davis brought forward is too general to provide anything more than smoke and mirrors.‘”

Are we innocent until proven guilty, or guilty until proven innocent? These days it’s anyone’s guess.

Convicted of killing your neighbor? Maybe 10, 15 years, probably with parole. Kill a cop? You get a needle in the arm.

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