Monday, October 27, 2008

Troy Davis Granted Stay Of Execution

I've been writing about the Troy Davis case and was pleased to receive word from Amnesty International that he was granted a stay of execution. Davis was scheduled to be executed today, October 27th.

The case, however, is far from decided. An excerpt from Amnesty's statement:

While we pause to celebrate this good news, we cannot forget that Troy still faces the very real possibility of execution—despite the fact that no physical evidence tied him to the 1989 murder of a police officer in Savannah, GA, and that 7 of the 9 eyewitnesses have since recanted their testimony.

This case has taken many twists and turns. On September 12th, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency for Troy Anthony Davis, and scheduled his execution for September 23rd. The U.S. Supreme Court stayed Davis' execution just hours before it was scheduled to take place. But in deciding not to hear his case, the court lifted its stay and a new execution date was set for Monday, October 27th.

We now await the decision of the federal appeals court, which will determine whether Troy's case warrants a new hearing. We believe their ruling could happen at any time during the next month.

According to Amnesty, at least 30,000 individuals have written letters of support for Davis. Former President Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Pope have called for justice in his case. Amnesty also recently held a Global Day of Action for Davis, with rallies in Atlanta, Paris, Seattle, New York and Milan. The European Legislature called for his execution to be halted. The photos above are from rallies in Atlanta and Paris.

There is clearly a case to be made for a retrial for Davis, especially with his life on the line: seven recantations, no physical evidence, no murder weapon and three witnesses pointing to another man.

To find out more about the Troy Davis Case from Amnesty International and to learn how you can get involved, click here.

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