All Eyes on Georgia
Define irony...Irony is planning an execution for an inmate, whose guilt is questionable...at the least, on September 21st ...which is International Peace Day.
In 1991, Troy Davis was found guilty of the 1st degree murder of Mark Allen MacPhail, an off duty police officer....in Savannah, Georgia. And Mr. Davis was found guilty based on NO physical evidence...no fingerprints...no DNA...no weapon. The evidence that was used to convict Troy Davis consisted solely of 9 eye witness accounts. Mr. Davis has served 20 years for a crime that he may NOT be guilty of, not a huge shock to many...since there have been countless inmates who have served a decade or more...before being found NOT GUILTY.
In 2010, 7 of the 9 eye witness accounts were recanted, some of which stated that they were coerced by police to finger Davis. The judge in the case discounted the recanted testimony, stating that the witnesses had “extensive criminal records” and therefore their testimonies were not valid. One of the 2 remaining witnesses is Sylvester “RED” Coles...the first person, who police suspected of the heinous crime. The judge also stated that Troy Davis failed to prove his innocence in this case.
So to reiterate...the 7 eye witness testimonies, which were recanted...are not permissible because the have criminal records...however they were valid for the conviction. And the one other suspect in this crime is now an eye witness.
And on September 21, 2011, the state of Georgia will execute Troy Davis, via lethal injection, unless the Governor intervenes.
I am not asking you to believe that Troy Davis has been a model citizen, because he hasn’t. Mr. Davis has a police record, beyond this conviction. However, that should have no bearing or weight in this case...since it is not connected in any way.
I am also not asking you to say that he is innocent. In our Justice system, we do not have to prove innocence...we only need to be certain “BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT” that Troy Davis is guilty. He deserves his day in court...as 7 of the original eye witnesses have recanted their testimony. And one of the remaining witnesses is a probable suspect.
Let me state also, the death of Mark Allen MacPhail, was a tragic event...and my sympathy goes out to his family. However executing the wrong person...is not justice...it is wrong.
At this time I am asking for your signature on one of many online petitions, stating that his voice deserves to be heard. Please do not sign if you believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that Troy Davis is guilty, but if you question the verdict, AT ALL...please join us in this cause. http://www.change.org/petitions/7-of-9-witnesses-say-my-brother-is-innocent-stop-troy-davis-execution-on-sep-21