Appeals for Clemency and Reprieve from Execution for Troy Anthony Davis
  • Petitioned L. Gale Buckner

This petition was delivered to:

Member, State of Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles
L. Gale Buckner
Chairman, State of Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles
James E. Donald
Vice Chairman, State of Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles
Albert R. Murray
Member, State of Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles
Robert E. Keller
Member, State of Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles
Terry Barnard
District Attorney
Larry Chisolm

Appeals for Clemency and Reprieve from Execution for Troy Anthony Davis

    1. Ashley Stearns
    2. Petition by

      Ashley Stearns

      Cambridge, MA

This is an appeal to the State of Georgia's Board of Pardons and Paroles and to the District Attorney for Chatham County for clemency and a reprieve from execution on behalf of wrongly convicted death row inmate, Troy Anthony Davis, who could once again face execution any day now.

Davis was convicted in 1991 of the 1989 murder of off-duty Savannah police officer, Mark Alan MacPhail.  A majority of those witnesses who testified against Davis at his trial have recanted their testimony (seven out of nine; of the remaining two, one witness maintains his identification of Davis as MacPhail's murderer was misconstrued as such on the stand by the prosecutor, and the other witness is the self-confessed and subsequently identified actual murderer of Officer MacPhail).  Davis did not receive adequate representation at his trial.  All recanting witnesses for the state tell stories of police intimidation.  Davis fought for nearly 17 years for a new trial based on these witnesses' recantations as well as new eye-witness testimony that confirms another person as the perpetrator of the crime for which Davis was convicted.  He was denied that trial in August, 2010, subsequent to an evidentiary hearing that was held in June, 2010.  Though Judge William T. Moore, Jr., opined in his ruling that the case against Davis "may not be ironclad," he nevertheless discounted new eyewitness testimony and refused to consider all of the testimony of the recanting witnesses, which could have won Davis a new, fair trial and the exoneration he deserves.  On Monday, March 28, 2011, the Supreme Court of the United States refused to hear Davis' appeals requesting it to compel the 11th District Federal Court in Savannah to consider this testimony and Davis' bid for a new trial.

Throughout his ordeal, Davis has continued to win worldwide support with the help of his devoted family, Amnesty International, the NAACP, his inter-faith community of supporters and friends, including Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree, former United States President and Nobel Peace laureate Jimmy Carter, Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu and many others.  Executing this patently innocent man would be an unconscionable act of blind vengeance and an insult to our system of jurisprudence.

The District Attorney's office has granted Davis stays of execution on three previous occasions, as Davis has exhausted his legal opportunities to gain a new, fair trial.  Finality over fairness is no reason to execute a person who has not been found "guilty beyond a reasonable doubt" of murder.  Please ask District Attorney Larry Chisolm and the State of Georgia's Board of Pardons and Paroles to refuse to issue a warrant for execution for Troy Anthony Davis and instead grant him the clemency he deserves.  Thank you.

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    News

    1. Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles Denies Cemency to Troy Davis

      Ashley Stearns
      Petition Organizer

      People for Justice: as you may know, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles met yesterday to hear from both supporters of clemency for Troy Davis as well as the family of slain off-duty Savannah police officer, Mark MacPhail.

    2. Reached 3,000 signatures
    3. Dreadful day: execution date to be set for Troy.

      Ashley Stearns
      Petition Organizer

      Just wanted to draw your attention to the terrible news. As expected, a Georgia judge signed another execution warrant for Troy last night for 9/21-9/28. This means we should all quadruple our email/facebook/twitter campaigns to stand up for Troy.

    4. Reached 1,500 signatures
    5. Keep the pressure on!

      Jonathan Perri
      Deputy Campaign Director

      Troy Davis is at risk of getting a September execution date. No executions will be scheduled in the month of August in Georgia given the state Supreme Court recess.

    6. Reached 1,000 signatures
    7. Censored by change.org! Bush's covert war using online social media lives!

      Ashley Stearns
      Petition Organizer

      Thought I'd post an update since the petition reached 1,000 signatures - 1/10th it's goal in four months, but change.org won't let me post my full comments. But it's working with the ACLU to propagandize the FBI's expansion. That happened a LONG time

    8. Reached 750 signatures
    9. Ashley Stearns
      Petition Organizer

      Good morning, People for Justice! It's been a while since I posted an update on the campaign to save Troy's life; finally, there's some interesting news to report.

      On Monday, June 6th, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that the Rev. Jesse Jackson would get involved and speak with the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles about Troy's case:

      I don't know anything more about what Rev. Jackson's strategy is, but, to my mind, Troy deserves clemency and parole. There are others working for Troy who feel life in prison for him is the best he can hope for since his legal options are exhausted, and I whole-heartedly disagree with them. Troy should be spared execution - and FREED. If you agree, forward the link for this petition to everyone you know, or have ever known, and let's get our voices heard. If a 12 year-old boy can get thousands of signatures petitioning the Red Sox to make an (admittedly, honorable) video, surely we can inspire the same amount of people to save an innocent man's life.

      In the best of all possible outcomes scenario, the real killer would accept responsibility for his crimes and Troy would be set free. I like this comment on another paper's website regarding Rev. Jackson's recent announcement:

      "Rev. Jackson and other prominent members of the NAACP should also be working on a plea deal with the DA for the other suspect in this case, whose cousin's husband testified he saw shoot Officer MacPhail - especially since he is the state's leading, and only, witness against Troy. If this man simply confessed to his crimes, it would be impossible for a judge to hold Troy any longer, and JUSTICE would finally be served. But Coles isn't going to do the honorable, responsible thing facing the threat of execution. His family have urged him over the years to do this, and for all we know, he may want to. If the DA offered him life in prison, instead of execution, he might be able to come forward and save Troy's life. Coles' family's pleadings have no weight to them, but a deal with the DA would, and Rev. Jackson is certainly MORE than capable of brokering that."

      Aren't ministers supposed to be experts at teaching people how to ask for forgiveness, after all? Who wants to start a petition to the Reverend?

    10. Reached 500 signatures
    11. Ashley Stearns
      Petition Organizer

      Earlier this evening I received a very important email regarding the recent work of artist Chaz Guest, who painted the inaugural portrait of President Barack Obama as well as the portrait of Justice Thurgood Marshall, which hangs in President Obama's private study. What does any of this have to do with Troy Davis, you may ask? It turns out that, like Troy, Chaz was wrongly convicted for a crime he did not commit, too, and to support Troy's bid for commutation of his sentence to life in prison, Chaz has created a very moving, 1:44 video essay with the help of documentary filmmaker David Serota about his experience and his creation of a very powerful portrait of Troy Davis. You can see the portrait on the Huffington post link below, as well as this short video. I can't encourage you enough to take the few minutes required to see the portrait and the video - because no matter what the color of our skin, the gender we claim, our age, or social status, we are all Troy Davis so long as our system of justice continues to wrongly convict, incarcerate and murder the innocent. And, of course, you should distribute as widely as possible to all your contacts these pieces, which are embedded in a terrific essay by attorney Roger Wolfson about Troy's case and what went wrong in its handling. Time is of the essence now, with what very well may be only a few weeks left in Troy's life, so please take action NOW to spread the word. New signatories should understand that signing this change.org petition allows you to send an email directly to every person who holds in his or her hands Troy's life, and signing the petition at Amnesty International allows you to send your signature along with the hundreds of thousands they have collected so far in person when the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles meets to decide Troy's fate. You can choose the impact you wish to have - just please make your voice be heard. Once again, thanks, supporters, for all you've done and are doing to help save Troy Davis' life.

    12. I Am Troy Davis

      Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      If you’re one of the three people (other than my parents) who’ve read my change.org bio, you’ll already know that before I started campaigning for the repeal of California’s death penalty and sentencing reform in LA County, I spent a few...

    13. Ashley Stearns
      Petition Organizer

      Earlier this week Brian Evans of Amnesty International posted a cogent and thought-provoking piece ( ) comparing the handling of the case against Texas death row inmate Anthony Graves, who received a second, fair trial after proving that his rights to a fair first trial had been violated and that of Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis, who was not able to prove to a lone judge that his right to a fair trial had been violated - when it clearly has. I encourage you all to read Evans' brief but exemplary essay as you're able to see just how much personal bias - based on race, as in Troy's case, as well as other factors - influence outcomes. The comments are, as usual, most revealing.

      Also - Troy's sister, Martina Correia, was recently featured in womensenews.com ( http://www.womensenews.org/story/crime-policylegislation/110424/the-death-penalty-gender-gap ). If you don't know the story of this amazing woman, this brief synopsis will show you what motivates her to continue fighting for her brother's life and the lives of all wrongly convicted death row inmates. She is an incredible inspiration to all those of us fighting seemingly hopeless battles, and her insights into the biased legal system in America are truly remarkable.

      And again - if you haven't forwarded or tweeted a link to the petition to your contacts, now is the time to do so particularly since 's website seems to be successfully warding off the denial-of-service attacks it was receiving earlier this week, making it possible once again for your contacts to help save Troy's life. Thank you, everyone.

    14. Reached 250 signatures
    15. Ashley Stearns
      Petition Organizer

      YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST.

      Last evening - two weeks after I posted this petition - it gained its 200th signature: Jackie Tryggeseth from Saulk City, Wisconsin, USA. I know this outpouring of support would not be possible without all of you, so today, I'm sending you the thanks you all deserve. THANK YOU! If there's anything to karma, I just know you folks are cleaning up in that regard. I fixed the link to the Amnesty page I sent to you last week. That page has been getting a lot of interesting activity, and there are details about Troy's case not many people know being presented in the comments. Check them out when you have a minute:

      In the meantime - I'm turning the 'think global, act local' slogan on its head and asking you to think about posting links to the petition appeal on any international publications you read when you sit down to casually surf at your computers: The Guardian UK, The Irish Times - Times of London, even. It's a sad fact that Europeans have a much better history of protesting the imposition of the death penalty, and it's important for us not to forget that's what Troy's case is about as much as it is about his wrongful conviction - however much we don't want to think about it. Like Laura Moye of AI recently wrote, "An execution date for Troy is inevitable. But execution is not."

      Let's hold to that thought as we look for even more ways to amplify our voices in outrage. Thanks, everyone.

    16. Ashley Stearns
      Petition Organizer

      CAMPAIGN TO VILLIFY TROY DAVIS HEATS UP.

      Over at Amnesty International's Troy Davis page the corrupt Savannah court machinery is working overtime to spread their lies about Troy in the public arena (). But some people DO KNOW THE TRUTH - and they're not afraid to tell it like it is. Could it be that Troy's supporters are finally gaining ground in this obscene public relations campaign to vindicate the otherwise indefensible bigotry and narrow-mindedness of the Savannah police and judiciary? Guess we've got them on the run! Keep up the good work, people. Troy needs us now more than ever. Make a commitment to send this - or the link to Amnesty's website, where they have a petition for Troy as well - to 10 of your friends this weekend, and ask them to do the same. Thanks for your support!

    17. Reached 100 signatures

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      • about 3 years ago

      Troy Anthony Davis might have been proven innocent with a doubt IF the system presented in the petition seen at http://sendthisletter.2ya.com were in place.

      Many will cry "We don't want this technology because it would invade our privacy". But is that a valid argument. Is giving up a bit of privacy worth having fellow Americans put to death ( murdered ) on shaky evidence, when there are systems we could use to prove them innocent or guilty without a doubt?

      The same technology which could be used to show someones guilt or innocence could also be used to Find Missing children, women and men and drastically reduce all other crimes.

      YOU can help by sharing this info with EVERYONE you communiacte with in any way. Lets not have left Troy Davis die in vain

      Is that enough reason for you to educate yourself by reading the petition presented at http://sendthisletter.2ya.com and then informing yourself as to how the system could work at

      http://mm.1sta.com

      If NOT then I will pray for you

      Bill Tomsick

      Founder Find the Missing on Face Book

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      • about 3 years ago

      Troy Anthony Davis might have been proven innocent without a doubt IF the system presented in the petition seen at

      http://sendthisletter.2ya.com were in place.

      Many will cry "We don't want this technology because it would invade our privacy". But is that a valid argument. Is giving up a bit of privacy worth having fellow Americans put to death ( murdered ) on shaky evidence, when there are systems we could use to prove them innocent or guilty without a doubt?

      The same technology which could be used to show someones guilt or innocence could also be used to Find Missing children, women and men and drastically reduce all other crimes.

      YOU can help by sharing this info with EVERYONE you communiacte with in any way. Lets not have left Troy Davis die in vain

      Is that enough reason for you to educate yourself by reading the petition presented at http://sendthisletter.2ya.com and then informing yourself as to how the system could work at

      http://mm.1sta.com

      If NOT then I will pray for you

      AND BOYCOTT Georgia and any products they export.

      Bill Tomsick

      Founder Find the Missing on Face Book

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    • Tiondra Crutcher HUNTSVILLE, AL
      • about 3 years ago

      No fair trial=no execution. Its time to fight back the currupt justice system

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    • Ani L. Schwartz ARROYO SECO, NM
      • about 3 years ago

      "Just Us" has been SERVED.

      Jim Crow is alive and still murdering without proving guilt -

      "The lunatic fringe" (~Bill Moyers) rules Georgia.

      Whatever the so-called "authorities" in this case have such a desperate need to hide, could not spring from innocent motives.

      Would that the sociopathic "rulers" could show as much dignity as Troy Davis.

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    • Towanda Bell WOODBRIDGE, VA
      • about 3 years ago

      I support the death penalty when is without a reasonable doubt and there is a lot of reasonable doubt.

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