Stop Troy Davis Execution 9/23/08

You can take action through Amnesty International

New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty
www.nyadp.org
518 453 6797

Abolitionists:

Last year in July, we wrote letters and made calls for the life of Troy Davis. And we succeeded in getting him a stay of execution.

Now, we are faced again with the possibility that Troy may be executed.

The Georgia Supreme Court denied us in a 4-3 ruling a new trial for Troy, and set an execution date of September 23, a few days after his 39th birthday. This is in face of the overwhelming evidence that has been presented as to his innocence. Earlier, a state court had denied his habeas corpus petition – evidence of police coercion – on a technicality, ruling that the petition was “procedurally defaulted,” that is, not raised earlier.

The case against him consisted entirely of witness testimony which contained inconsistencies even during the trial. Since then, 7 of nine of the state’s nine non-police witnesses from the trial have recanted or contradicted their testimony. Many of these witnesses have stated in sworn affidavits that they were pressured or coerced by police into testifying or signing statements against Troy Davis. Unbelievably, of the remaining witnesses who did not take back their testimony, one of these is the other principle suspect in the case, Sylvester Coles! No fewer than nine individuals have signed sworn testimony implicating Coles, not Troy, in the murder.

Sometimes, truth is more unbelievable than fiction.

Please don’t let this injustice take place… help, once again, save Troy’s life! Write an e-mail to the GA Board of Pardon and Parole via Amnesty’s website:

http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/index.aspx?c=jhKPIXPCIoE&b=2590179&template=x.ascx&action=11223

Or, better yet, write a hand-written note.

Georgia State Board of Pardons & Paroles
2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SE
Suite 458, Balcony Level, East Tower
Atlanta, GA 30334

Don’t forget to tell others!
In solidarity,

Colleen Eren
Organizing Director, NYADP

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