UPDATE: Georgia to execute Troy Davis despite possible innocence.


Mr. Troy Davis

Another Way to Help Troy Davis | Updated Sat. Sept. 17, 2011 8:45 am from my friends at ColorOfChange.

There could be one more avenue to help save Troy Davis from execution on Wednesday September 21 — but to take advantage of it, we need you to speak out now, and ask your friends and family to take action as well.

We’ve learned that Chatham County District Attorney Larry Chisolm, who asked a judge to issue Troy’s death warrant, can also ask the judge to take it back. This move would be a game-changer — but it’ll only happen if he feels more pressure from us to do the right thing than he feels from all those in Savannah calling for Troy’s death.

Click the link below to automatically sign the petition to District Attorney Larry Chisolm, which reads:

“Based on the major, persistent doubts about his guilt, I call on you to seek a withdrawal of the death warrant against Troy Davis and to support clemency in his case.”

http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/chisolm

There is no gift, no phenomena in the universe more complex and yet more perfect than that of human life. Unfortunately, our ability to be just and fair to one another, despite a legal system that is considered to be one of the best globally, is clouded with untold delusions. One such delusion is the death penalty, which, like slavery, will undoubtedly be an unforgettable stain on America’s history in coming ages.

A Georgia judge has decided to execute Troy Davis even though all the evidence says he is most likely innocent. More troubling is that the judge said on record the case against Mr. Davis is not “ironclad.” According to Georgia’s capital felony laws, a case must be ironclad and meet a standard that leaves no doubt the accused is guilty. None of the evidence in Mr. Davis’s case meets that standard.

At the very least, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole should stop the execution of Mr. Davis and seek to find out what really happened. If the evidence says Mr. Davis most likely didn’t commit the crime, who did? Shouldn’t the real guilty person[s] be brought to justice? Incarcerating and executing the wrong person leaves whomever committed the crime to find more victims, leaving society at risk and victims’ survivors in constant fear. That’s not justice for anyone and calls into question whether our judicial system is being properly implemented.

We cannot afford to allow what happened in the Todd Willingham case in Texas (and too many others) where the evidence said he was most likely innocent was ignored. Mr. Willingham was executed anyway. A new review of the evidence used to convict Mr. Willingham shows he was innocent, but now it’s too late to do anything about it.

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole has an opportunity to get to the truth and make sure that all involved receives proper justice. The first step is to stop the execution of Mr. Davis. My friends at Change.org needs our help to reach out to the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole to do this. Here’s a link to show you how you can help. Follow the link and then share it with everyone you know.

References:

1. “Order Signed for Sept. Execution of Troy Davis,” ABCNews.com, 9-7-2011
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/957?akid=2181.445886.5hJVWP&t=6

2. “The Haunting of Rick Perry,” The New York Times, 6-22-2011
http://act.colorofchange.org/go/958?akid=2181.445886.5hJVWP&t=8 

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