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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