The state of Georgia is taking steps to put Troy Davis to death. The case against him consisted of witness testimony that was full of inconsistencies. Since then, all but two of the state’s non-police witnesses from the trial have recanted their testimony — and many have sworn in affidavits that police pressured or coerced them into testifying or signing statements.
There is still serious doubt as to Troy Davis’ guilt, and by putting him to death Georgia runs the risk of killing an innocent man. Please call on the board to save Troy Davis’ life. And pass this on. Troy Davis needs as many of us as possible to speak up.
No physical evidence. 7 of 9 witnesses changed their story. Stop #TroyDavis' execution: http://bit.ly/dKe19X @colorofchange
It's not often that you could literally save a life by signing a petition. This is one of those times.
Last week we told you about Troy Davis, who could be put to death as soon as next month --despite overwhelming evidence that raises serious, unanswered questions about his guilt.
Please read more about the Troy Davis case below, then sign our petition asking the Georgia Pardon Board to spare Troy's life. It takes just a moment, and it could be the most important action you take this year.
-- James, Gabriel, William, Dani, Matt, Natasha and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
April 27th, 2011
April 27th, 2011
Below is the text of the petition you'll send to the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Parole:
Atlanta, Clemency Office# (404)656-5330
To the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole:
I’m calling on you to take all steps necessary to ensure that Troy Anthony Davis does not face execution. Seven of the nine witnesses have changed their story and no physical evidence links Davis to the crime. With so many persistent doubts about his guilt, Davis should not be executed.
This case has generated widespread attention because so many people in Georgia and throughout the world are disturbed by the very real possibility that Georgia could execute an innocent man. In this situation, more than just Troy Davis’ life is at stake — public trust in the criminal justice system, and indeed its very integrity, are undermined when such serious doubts persist unresolved. Georgia cannot afford to make such a mistake.
The executive branch of government has the power of clemency as a check on the judicial system — because the judiciary can serve the law as written and still fail to serve the interests of justice. I urge you now to use that power to commute Troy Davis’ sentence from death to life in prison.