Is Georgia About to Execute an Innocent Man?
In 1991 Troy Davis was sentenced to death for the murder of off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail. But since that trial (in which there was no physical evidence linking him to the scence), seven out of the nine witnesses who testified against him have recanted their testimony, raising serious concerns about Troy’s guilt. Despite these doubts and three previous stays of execution, the state of Georgia decided to proceed with Troy’s execution–now scheduled for next Wednesday September 21st.
Yesterday in Atlanta, advocates delivered petitions from over half a million people urging the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to commute Troy’s sentence to life in prison.
One of those petitions was a statement from almost 3,500 religious leaders from across the country asking for clemency. According to Stephen Dear, executive director of People of Faith Against the Death Penalty, typical petitions for clemency garner around 200 signatures from religious leaders, but Troy Davis’s case has struck a different chord, prompting even such notables as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Pope Benedict XVI to speak up.
Faithful America has joined these efforts with a petition of its own. You can help prevent a potentially innocent man from being put to death by signing their petition here.
With so many lingering doubts and wide array of withdrawn testimony, we can’t risk watching Georgia potentially make a horrific, irreversible mistake.
Photo credit: Amnesty International USA